It was a week of contrast across the world, as skies held beauty and dumped rain in the United States and Europe, while in China the atmosphere carried potential health hazards.
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While a storm will douse outdoor plans and lead to flooding on some of the Hawaiian Islands, enough rain may fall to ease drought conditions into the start of May.
Milder air will erase the recent chill and snow across Germany by May Day, though rain threatens to spoil the holiday for western and southern areas.
Temperatures will be put on a roller coaster ride in the northeastern United States through the start of May, delivering bouts of summerlike warmth.
While the recent cold snap will be over, bouts of rain will persist and threaten to disrupt outdoor plans across the United Kingdom during the Bank Holiday weekend.
It will feel like the calendar has been turned back to winter instead of moving ahead to May as snow sweeps across the central United States into Monday.
Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding will continue to threaten lives and property across the central United States through Saturday night.
A powerful earthquake shook the Philippines, bringing the threat for a tsunami near the epicenter of the quake.
The beginning of May will bring another resurgence of dangerous heat across India as the nation continues to wait for the summer monsoon to bring lasting heat relief.