According to a new study, heat waves have increased in intensity and frequency in most parts of the world since the 1950s.
Researchers published on Friday in the journal Nature Communications have found over the past 70 years that the total number of heat wave days worldwide has increased and all heat waves have been getting longer.
“The period of inactivity is over,” Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick, the lead author of the study, who works at the center of excellence for the Australian Climate Extreme Research Council, told The Guardian. “The dramatic change in heat waves from region to region that we have seen and the rapid increase in these events are clear indicators that global warming is with us and accelerating.”
Parts of London were hit by record-breaking heat last week. Scientists are increasingly concerned about very high temperatures in the Arctic. According to meteorologists, a July 4 heat wave will hit a huge part of the United States.
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“In the first half of July, temperatures appear to be far above normal with fairly high probabilities, starting around July 4th or earlier,” said Jon Gottschalck, head of operational forecasting at the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center. NBC News said.
The heat explosion could create a “ring of fire” pattern in which storms circulating around the edges of the heat dome cause severe thunderstorms, especially over the northern plains, Gottschalk told the network.
According to The Guardian, the worst heat wave in the Mediterranean was in the summer of 2003, when it was believed that there were 70,000 extreme heat deaths in Europe. This season also resulted in billions in damage to forests and agriculture.