Record breaking temperatures heating up the globe.
The summer of 2018 is shaping up to be the hottest on record.
Global climate is at the root of it.
At 70 people in Quebec have died from heat-related complications with temperatures reaching the mid-30s.
In the past two weeks, from California to Oman to Siberia, temperatures have soared, shattering records. Here’s just a small sample:
- Death Valley National Park, Calif.: 52 C (July 8)
- Ouargla, Algeria: The highest reliable recorded temperature of 51 C (July 5)
- Northern Siberia: Consecutive days with forecast above 30 C (July 9–16)
- Chino, Calif.: Daytime record of 48.9 C (July 7)
- Tajimi, Japan: Record-setting temperature of 40.7 (July 17)
The impact of the high temperatures has been felt all over the world:
The heat has caused cracked roads and roof tiles in Britain to buckle.
In the north in Scotland, a record-shattering 91.8 degrees Fahrenheit was reported In Motherwell.
In Ireland, Belfast created a new record for the United Kingdom overall with temperatures reaching 86.2 degrees Fahrenheit. While temperatures in the 80s and 90s are typical for many states during the summer months, the cooler, wetter climates in Ireland and the UK make the heat wave unprecedented.
The country of Oman in the Middle East experienced the highest nighttime temperature on Earth at 126 Degrees Fahrenheit.
As weather extremes become the new norm and countries around the world experience hotter and hotter summers, more severe hurricane seasons, and frigid winter cold snaps, it can only be hoped that policymakers will work quickly to cap emissions and combat climate change.
The concern is that weather fronts – hot and cold – are being blocked more frequently due to climate change. This causes droughts and storms to linger, amplifying the damage they cause. This was a factor in the recent devastating floods in Japan killing at least 150 people, after rainfall of up to four times normal levels.
The past month has seen power shortages in California as record heat forced a surge of demand for air conditioners. Algeria has experienced the hottest temperature ever reliably registered in Africa. Britain, meanwhile, has experienced its third longest heatwave, melting the roof of a science building in Glasgow.
In short, around the world, record breaking temperatures heating up the globe.