The Middle East had a near normal precipitation pattern for the first time all season. At the same time, southeast Asia continues to settle into a generally wet season, except western parts of Indonesia. Heavy rains and flooding continue to be a major problem in eastern Sri Lanka. Cold temperatures are backing off in India, but may return to east Asia.
Sri Lanka has received no rest as heavy, flooding rains continue to pound the eastern portion of the island. This past week the town of Kandy has been inundated with water, landslides have killed people and livestock and destroyed infrastructure. So far four people are confirmed dead with more than 800,000 people displaced. Those numbers will likely climb higher as even heavier rainfall is expected to move into Sri Lanka during the next seven days. Other cities and towns remain at risk.
The cold temperatures across India, Nepal, China, Mongolia and North Korea have eased somewhat. Temperatures are no longer as absurdly cold as they had been and the cold air damming event in Punjab, India has broken down. It is currently colder than normal in north India, northern China, North Korea and Mongolia, but not nearly what it had been. A warming trend is likely over the coming week in Nepal and India, while temperatures may return to the very unusual cold temperatures in Manchuria, Mongolia and North Korea.