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Last Updated: Thursday August 03 2006 16:03 GMT

Weather turns wild around world

Snow in Clarens, South Africa
Enjoying an unusual snowfall in Clarens, South Africa
The heatwave may have cooled off in the UK, but elsewhere there's some wild weather conditions.

South Africans are struggling with one of their harshest ever winters - including lots of unusual snow and severe flooding.

But Americans along the east coast are in the middle of a run of top temperatures - some as high as 46C.

And in China, tens of thousands of people are having to flee their homes as Typhoon Prapiroon hits.

July was the hottest month on record in Britain, with the average temperature at 17.7C.

Boys surfing in New Jersey, USA
Boys surfing in New Jersey, USA
In America, it's so hot in New York that a state of emergency has been put into place, so that the fire, ambulance and police are on high alert.

It is South Africa's winter, but it's one of the worst ever and there's been snow in Johannesburg for the first time in 25 years.

As well as white flakes, there's been buckets of rain which has led to severe flooding in large parts of the country.

Typhoon Prapiroon hit the coast of Guangdong province in China at 1920 local time (1120 GMT).

Severe flooding and landslides are expected as the storm, which has already killed six people in the Philippines, passes over.

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