Six hikers are dead after attempting to climb Mount Blanc in France, the Associated Press reported. Jean-Marc Peillex, mayor of Saint-Gervais, a town at the base of the mountain said that five bodies have been recovered Wednesday morning. A sixth body was later found in a crevasse.
According to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Robert Richards, "An impressive disturbance that has caused locally heavy rainfall with numerous lightning strikes" may have affected the hikers or interfered with rescue efforts.
August is the peak of hiking season in the Alps and climbing Europe's highest mountain (over 4,500 meters, 15,000 feet) is a popular goal for adventurers worldwide. Up to 400 people a day start their journey up the mountain.
Thunderstorms can develop on a daily basis in the summer months, but this weather setup was more organized with a strong area of low pressure passing by north of the region.
A snow covered Mount Blanc. (Gabriele Prato/iStock/Thinkstock)
These unfortunate hikers are not the only ones to lose their lives this year attempting to scale the peak. In July, six other hikers perished and earlier this month two others also lost their lives.
After a wet September, drier weather will finally arrive in Florida for the new month.
Fall air will erase the record warmth that has been gripping the Northeast, while chilly air is set to charge into the Midwest by week's end.
Locally damaging thunderstorms and flooding downpours may travel across a thousand-mile stretch of the nation through the balance of the week.
Two extreme skiers have been found dead in the wake of an avalanche in southern Chile.
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High reached 101 degrees.
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