Scorching Temperatures Smash Records In U.S., Europe

Scorching Temperatures Smash Records In U.S., Europe

Amy Russo |
July 4, 2019

Scientists warn that heat waves are becoming increasingly common due to human-caused climate change.

The world just recorded its warmest June ever. A deadly heat wave has been baking much of Europe ― France experiencing its highest temperature on record last week, a blistering 45.9 degrees Celsius (or nearly 115 degrees Fahrenheit). Now, Alaska is enduring what for it is an ongoing heat wave.

In short, it’s hot. And scientists warn this is just a taste of what the climate crisis has in store for the Earth.

World Weather Attribution, an international organization of scientists conducting climate research, said the frequency and intensity of Europe’s heat waves have been exacerbated largely by humans.

Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, came to the same conclusion, blaming greenhouse gasses spewed into the atmosphere by various human activities as the main culprit.

“While this doesn’t mean that every year, or every summer, will be warmer than the one before, it greatly increases the chances of record hot temperatures ― as we are seeing across the globe,” he told HuffPost in an email Wednesday. “The long-term trends are very clear ― the planet has warmed about 2 degrees [Fahrenheit] since the 19th century and, without large-scale emission cuts, those trends will continue and records will continue to fall.”

Though France’s heat wave has passed, Alaska’s is just settling in, and will likely stretch into next week, AccuWeather meteorologist Kyle Elliott predicts.

He said he expects high temperatures across the state to surge as much as 20 degrees Fahrenheit ― roughly 11 degrees Celsius ― above normal for this time of year.

Credit by - Huffpost

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