Persistent heat breaks records, spirits

Persistent heat breaks records, spirits

From the usually cold Russian Arctic to the traditionally drowned American South, large areas of the northern hemisphere continued to creak from the extreme heat as the beginning of summer looked more like the days of the August dogs.

In the United States, a triple-digit thermal dome in many places combined with high humidity oscillated from west to east. On Thursday, at least eight states reached 100 degrees (37.8 degrees Celsius) and at least nine signs of high temperatures were set or broken, according to the National Weather Service, which held 30 million Americans under some sort of heat advice.

Thursday’s extreme discomfort came after 12 states broke the 100-degree threshold on Wednesday and 21 records were tied or broken. As of June 15, at least 113 automated weather stations have equaled or broken hot temperatures. Scientists say that this early baking has all the hallmarks of climate change.

“It is easy to see these figures and forget the enormous misery they represent. “People who can’t afford air conditioning and people who work outdoors have only one choice, to suffer,” said Texas A&M climate scientist Andrew Dessler, who was at College Station, where temperatures hit record highs. 102 degrees (38.9 degrees Celsius). Thursday. “Those of us who have air conditioning may not suffer physically, but we are captives of the interior.”

After three deaths, Chicago changed the cooling rules.

Macon, Georgia, the temperature swept from 64 degrees (17.8 degrees Celsius) to 105 (40.6 degrees Celsius) in just nine hours on Wednesday. Then, on Thursday, the temperature peaked at 104 (40 degrees Celsius), a record for the day. Even Minneapolis reached 100 on Monday.

Probably only the Northwest and Northeast Pacific have survived the heat wave, said National Meteorological Service meteorologist Marc Chenard at the Weather Forecast Center. On Thursday, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Arizona and California reached at least 100. The same states reached 100 on Wednesday, along with North and South Carolina, Kent. and Tennessee.

“He is persistent,” Chenard said. “More than a week has passed and it will continue in some aspects.”

It’s not just the US

The Russian city of Norilsk, above the Arctic Circle, hit 89.6 degrees (32 degrees Celsius) on Thursday for the hottest day of June recorded and equals its hottest day on record, according to Maximiliano Herrera , which monitors world temperature records. Several Japanese cities recorded their hottest temperatures in June, including 97 (36.1 degrees Celsius) in Nobeoka, while China’s Turpan reached 114 degrees (46.5 degrees Celsius). Herrera said he is so crazy that he does not have time to eat or sleep, he is just watching broken records and too much heat.

A European heat wave has caused fires in Germany and Spain.

University of Northern Illinois meteorology professor Victor Jensini said what is happening with this early heat wave is “very consistent with what we would expect in a world that is constantly warming up.”

“These temperatures occur with only 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) of global warming and we are well on our way to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 degrees Celsius) more warming this century,” Desler said. “I can not literally imagine how bad that would be.”

In Raleigh, North Carolina, it reached 100 on Wednesday and the city usually gets only 100 degrees a day a year, but it comes much later than that, said state climatologist Kathie Dello.

“In the southeastern United States, many do not have access to adequate or stable cooling or cannot afford their home cooling systems. “Morbidity and mortality due to heat are among the biggest risks to public health in a changing climate.”

Cooling may be in some parts of the country, including the north-central part of the country, by the weekend or Monday, Chenard said. However, temperatures above normal are forecast for “at least the first part of July” and he added that it is possible that the whole summer will be warmer than normal.

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