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Brutal heat from Phoenix to Boston triggers alerts for 100 million

By Matthew Cappucci and Jason Samenow Photo: Pivotal Weather

More than 100 million people in the Lower 48 states are under heat alerts on Thursday amid relentlessly sweltering temperatures that have soared as high as 115 degrees in recent days.


The Increasing Death Toll in the U.S. From Extreme Heat

By Sameed Khatana

Last summer, in the Pacific Northwest, record temperatures melted power cables and buckled roads. Seattle reached a record high of 108 degrees and millions of area residents struggled under the weight of unprecedented heat. Just this year, New York and Boston experienced their earliest heat advisories on record and heat waves are again hitting the U.S. I am a cardiologist – you might wonder why am I so concerned about heat?


Blistering heat bakes the Plains with highs up to 115 degrees

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: Pivotal Weather

As historic temperatures bake Europe, with readings as high as 115 degrees in Portugal, it’s been just as scorchingly hot stateside. Sixty million Americans could experience triple-digit temperatures over the next several days, with the Plains hitting highs of 115 degrees and heat index values pushing past 120 degrees.


Heat waves are getting hotter and more frequent. Here’s how to prepare.

By Allyson Chiu Photo: Jose Sarmento Matos

Amid a historically hot summer, swaths of the United States and Europe are baking. Already scorching temperatures are continuing to climb in some areas, prompting widespread public safety concerns about the extreme heat, which, experts say, is likely to only become more frequent and more intense as the planet warms.


National TV networks mention climate change in 32% of segments on global extreme heat

By Ted Macdonald

Punishing extreme heat is affecting countries all across the globe this week. Extreme “red” heat warnings were issued in the United Kingdom for the first time, and Wales recorded its highest-ever temperature. At least 1,100 people have died in Spain and Portugal due to the extreme heat, which has fueled wildfires there and in parts of France. The Midwestern U.S. and Central Asia are suffering from extreme heat as well.


Heat Waves and Climate Change

Photo: Russel Vose

Across the globe, hot days are getting hotter and more frequent, while we’re experiencing fewer cold days. Over the past decade, daily record high temperatures have occurred twice as often as record lows across the continental United States, up from a near 1:1 ratio in the 1950s. Heat waves are becoming more common, and intense heat waves are more frequent in the U.S. West, although in some parts of the country the 1930s still holds the record for number of heat waves (primarily related to the Dust Bowl, which was exacerbated by the conversion of prairie to farmland).


These maps show how excessively hot it is in Europe and the U.S.

By Matthew Cappucci Photo: WeatherBell

A historic and deadly heat wave has been scorching western Europe, killing hundreds in Spain and Portugal. Temperatures spiked to 115 degrees on the Iberian Peninsula amid bone-dry conditions, fueling wildfires and displacing thousands of people in France. The mercury topped 100 degrees (38 Celsius) in Britain on Monday and is expected to surge higher Tuesday.


Explainer: The health risks of extreme heat

By Jennifer Rigby Photo: Isabel Infantes , Reuters

The more serious version is heatstroke, when the body’s core temperature goes above 40.6 degrees Celsius (105 degrees Fahrenheit). It is a medical emergency and can lead to long-term organ damage and death. Symptoms include rapid breathing, confusion or seizures, and nausea.


Extreme Heat, Driven By Climate Change, Threatens Postal Workers

Extreme heat, driven by climate change, is setting records across the globe. Combinations of high heat and humidity in the American South and Southwest continued this week and was expected to move north and east into the eastern U.S. and High Plains where they could be exacerbated by elevated humidity caused by corn crops. The combination of heat and humidity drove heat indexes well into triple digits, making it “really dangerous to spend any time outdoors in, unless you’re standing under a cool waterfall somewhere,” Greg Carbin, the chief of the forecast operations branch at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Prediction Center, told the Times. The extreme heat is especially dangerous for U.S. Postal Service workers, which has failed to take adequate steps to protect mail carriers in dangerous temperatures after multiple hyperthermia deaths, according to Huffington Post reporting. Climate change is also fueling the Siberian heatwave that has pushed temperatures there over 100 degrees. A study released Wednesday by a team of international scientists found climate change made the region’s prolonged heatwave 600-times more likely, and would have been “effectively impossible without human influence,” lead author Andrew Ciavarella, a scientist at the UK Met Office told the AP. (U.S. Heat: New York Times $, E&E $; Postal Workers: HuffPo; Siberia: AP, New York Times $, The Guardian)


70 million Americans are under heat warnings or advisories.

By Isabella Grullon Paz Photo: Sue Ogrocki , Associated Press

Temperatures across the middle of the United States were called “oppressive” by the National Weather Service on Thursday, as cities throughout the region dealt with a spike in heat-related health emergencies and tried to offer relief in cooling centers.