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Jan 12, 2010 at 03:40pm IST

Melbourne faced hottest night since 1902

Melbourne/London: Are the warnings by scientists about sharp climatic fluctuations already getting underway, as the Australian city of Melbourne experienced the hottest night since 1902, while parts of Spain witnessed first ever snowfall in fifty years.

Melbourne which is witnessing unprecedented heatwave with mercury ranging in the range of 30s, saw temperatures topping overnight to 34 degrees Celsius, its hottest night since 1902.

The overnight temperature this morning did not drop below 30.6 degrees, the Bureau of Meteorology said.

THE HOTTEST NIGHT: Melbourne witnessed unprecedented heatwave with mercury ranging in the range of 30s.

The scientists at the recent Copenhagen climate summit had warned that if the global warming remained unchecked, the world would witnessed catastrophic climatic behaviour with some parts of the globe registering very high temperatures while others might face severe freezing.

Snow fell in parts of Spain for the first time in half a century Monday as a wave of Arctic cold that has killed scores of people and caused billions of euros in damage to Europe's economy swept south-wards.

The southern Spanish city of Seville, which normally enjoys temperatures in January of around 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit), shivered under its first snowfall in half a century.