Dang is it Cold Out There!

After a blistering hot summer us people in Manitoba must now face the cruel reality of our geographical circumstances. We must batten down the hatches and face the cold northern weather stoically and with audacious fortitude.

The first day of fall and the thermometer almost hits the freezing mark. Cold drizzle with intermittent snow pellets blasted by harsh north winds. Damn summer ends way too fast up here.

The Library Park Mist Fountain Blasted by the Winds

Astronauts Snapped Hurricane Florence Photos From The ISS, And They’re Truly Chilling

Alexander Gerst, a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles (402 kilometres) up, has a warning for humans on the planet below him.

“Watch out, America!” Gerst, who joined the crew of the International Space Station in June, said Wednesday in a tweet featuring pictures he took of Hurricane Florence.

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Because of its enormous size and power, the storm has been a recent – if not frightening – muse for astronaut photography.

Here are some of the best images of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, a fellow NASA astronaut living aboard the ISS.

Gerst said Hurricane Florence was so enormous, with a width of more than 500 miles (804 kilometres), that he “could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens.”

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The Eye

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Europe heatwave: All-time temperature could be broken

Europe is in the middle of a heatwave, and forecasters say the all-time temperature record could be broken in the coming days.

The current European record is 48C (118.4F), set in Athens in July 1977.

Southern Spain and Portugal are both forecast to hit 47C (116.6F) on Friday and Saturday.

Pictures show shrunken lakes and dry riverbeds, along with people cooling off with water fountains and beach umbrellas, including in the Spanish town of Benidorm, below.

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Spain’s national weather service has put a warning in place until at least Sunday, saying the heatwave will be “especially intense and lasting in the southwest”.

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Here a woman cools off in a fountain in the city of Seville.

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The Trocadero Fountain in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris brought welcome relief for Parisians and visitors.

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Temperatures in Montpellier were forecast to reach 33C (91.4F), not unusual for the time of the year.

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Swimmers were finding a reprieve from the heat by leaping into the Mediterranean Sea in Nice, southeastern France.

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Others enjoyed the view from the safety of sunhats.

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In the Polish capital Warsaw, people and their pets used public sprinklers to keep cool.

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At the Colosseum in central Rome, Italy, visitors used fans and parasols to escape the sun and heat as temperatures approached 40C (104F).

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Members of the Italian Civil Protection authority distributed water bottles.

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Fountains had heavy use in Rome.

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BBC