Much of the country is swept away below temperatures, in whichWith wildfires raging and taxing infrastructure to keep people cool, experts warned that heat waves would only become more common.
Heat waves are one of the types of extreme weather climate change that is happening more frequently – but this year has already caused deaths in the US and around the world.
“It’s climate change that scientists have promised,” Michal Nachmani, founder of Climate Policy Radar, told CBS News foreign correspondent Remi Inosensio this week of record-breaking temperatures in the UK.
“This level of extreme weather is life threatening, and we really want to make sure that people are not under any illusions, that it is severe and it is there to stay in the near future,” Nachmani said.
In Phoenix, for example, heat kills many people, said David Hondula, the city’s director of heat response and mitigation.‘ Ben Tracy.
Climate scientist Daniel Swain, who writes about the weather in the western US on his website, reported last week that what he called “a prolonged and locally intense heatwave across western North America in the coming weeks”. is “the least extreme event of this kind”. Currently operating in several continents including Europe and China.
The Associated Press reports that heat waves in China earlier this month – particularly in Zhejiang province east of Shanghai – saw temperatures exceed 42 degrees Celsius (up to 107 degrees Fahrenheit). The heat also hospitalized people in Henang, Sichuan and Heilongjiang provinces.
Human heatwave numbers are increasing this year both around the world and closer to home. in North Texas, where 66 year old woman dies Due to heat related reasons this week – ,in July compared to last year – and officials said a
Sarah Barnes, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service Office in Fort Worth, Texas, told CBS News, “We have had a very significant drought throughout north and central Texas. This drought gave us the summer we normally see before it goes. ” ‘ Chris Van Cleave.
The NWS said drought conditions indicate warmer temperatures.
“We’re definitely seeing more extreme weather because of climate change,” Barnes said.
while the air conditioning isThis is not common everywhere. And when the power goes out, so does the air conditioning.
Brian Stone, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology who studies urban climate, “the number of blackouts per year has doubled over the past five years, and most blackouts are occurring in the summer, in warmer climates.” Change,earlier this year.
InFrom extreme temperatures this summer – and officials from other states Could be too.
“Most summers these days are the hottest summers ever. What’s overlay that is just a creeping risk of ancient infrastructure… and those trends are converging at the wrong time,” Stone said.
This weekOr about 104 Fahrenheit — 30 degrees warmer than normal summer temperatures in a country where less than 5% of homes were estimated to have air conditioning, reports CBS News foreign correspondent Roxana Saberi.
Kirsty McCabe, a meteorologist with the UK’s Royal Meteorological Society, told CBS News: “Climate change has everything to do with the extreme weather we’re seeing right now, and it’s human-induced climate change. It’s not natural change. ” Correspondent Roxana Saberi.
Extreme heat has contributed to wildfires in the UK and across Europe – including in France, Spain, Italy, Greece and Portugal.
“We’d look at polar bears, and then we’d say, ‘It’s about our kids and our grandchildren. Nachmani said. “It’s not. It’s us. It’s here. It’s now.”