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Extreme weather strikes worldwide, bringing floods, fire and ice (PHOTOS)
Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

Last year was the hottest on record in the United States, and 2013 has already shown itself to be another year of extreme weather worldwide.

Just in the past ten days, Australia has seen record temperatures sparking wildfires (that can be seen from space), Turkey has been blanketed in snow, and Israel and the Palestinian territories have waded through major flooding.

Extremely cold weather has also struck South Asia, prompting people to put coats on goats and huddle around fires.

Looks like climate change is planning to settle in for a long stay.

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Clouds from a nearby bushfire are over Mount Wellington in back of the Hobart International at Domain Tennis Centre on Jan. 4, 2013 in Hobart.

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A youth rides his bicycle during a cold and foggy morning in Allahabad on January 5, 2013. Temperatures have dropped across northern India, with capital New Delhi recording its coldest day in 44 years on January 3.

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Property devastated between Dunalley and Boomer Bay after bush fires swept through the area on Jan. 5, 2013.

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Cars drive through flood waters at the entrance of the Lebanese capital Beirut, on January 7, 2013, following a night of high winds and heavy rain fall.

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Indian slum dwellers warm themselves at a fire on the roadside in Siliguri on January 7, 2013. As thousands of homeless people sought places in temporary shelters, the unusual cold in throughout India has been attributed to dense fog which has obscured the sun and disrupted airports and trains, as well as icy winds from the snowy Himalayas to the north.

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Brazilian Tapir Tique has a drink of cold water at Taronga Zoo on January 8, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as 43 degrees around Sydney today.

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People walk on Galata Bridge covered with snow in Istanbul, on January 8, 2013. Heavy snowfall blanketed Turkey's commercial hub Istanbul, a city of 15 million, paralysing daily life, disrupting air traffic and land transport. Officials said the snow is expected to continue until late tomorrow, according to the weather forecast.

(BULENT KILIC - AFP/Getty Images)
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An Indian man sits as goats wearing coats roam along the railway line during a foggy and cold day at Siliguri station in Siliguri on January 8, 2013. As thousands of homeless people sought places in temporary shelters, the unusual cold in throughout India has been attributed to dense fog which has obscured the sun and disrupted airports and trains, as well as icy winds from the snowy Himalayas to the north.

(DIPTENDU DUTTA - AFP/Getty Images)
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A man rides his motorbike as snow falls in the village of Nabeh al-Safa in Lebanon on January 8, 2013. Stormy weather, including high winds and heavy rainfall, lashed the eastern Mediterranean coast, downing power lines and trees and causing several injuries in a number of countries.

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A child looks on near a tent at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013. The refugees faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

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A fireman's truck drives through a flooded road to rescue people trapped in their vehicles near the Israeli-Arab town of Kfar Qara, in central Israel, on January 8, 2013. Stormy weather, including high winds and heavy rainfall, lashed Israel and the Palestinian territories, downing powerlines and trees and blocking roads causing several injuries.

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NSW Rural Fire Service members attack the fire at Sandhills from the ground on January 9, 2013 in Bungendore, Australia. Temperatures cooled overnight offering relief to fire fighters following yesterday's heat wave recording temperatures of over 40-plus degrees across the state. Crews continue to fight blazes today, taking advantage of the improved conditions ahead fire danger conditions predicted later in the week.

(Brendon Thorne - AFP/Getty Images)
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A Palestinian man uses his donkey cart to transport people across a flooded street in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip, on January 9, 2013. A storm has hit the eastern Mediterranean coast and heavy rains with flooding are forecast in Israel and the Palestinian territories for the next couple of days, with a good chance of snow falling in the higher elevations.

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Children pose for a photograph next to a snowman at the Syrian refugee camp 5km from Diyarbakir, on the the way between Diyarbakir and Mardin, after snowfall, on January 9, 2013. The refugees faced further misery due to increasing shortages of supplies, low temperatures, and snowfall.

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A man walks through rain water in the village of Qabatiya, in the Israeli occupied West Bank near the northern city of Jenin, on January 9, 2013, as rain storms and snow engulfs the Levant.

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A street vendor holds holds tomatoes covered in snow as he waits for customers on the side of the road in the West Bank town of Hebron on January 9, 2013. Extreme weather, including torrential rains and heavy winds, killed four people in Israel and the Palestinian territories on January 8, as widespread flooding swept the Middle East.

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A picture taken from one of the highest buildings in Istanbul shows the city covered with snow on January 9, 2013 after heavy snowfall blanketed Turkey's commercial hub, a city of 15 millions, paralyzing daily life, disrupting air traffic and land transport.

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This composite image was generated from a series of satellite images taken over 22 days in April and October 2012, according to NASA.

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