Record-breaking heat is sweeping across the globe, with temperatures reaching as high as 100 degrees Fahrenheit in some cities. New York City experienced its hottest day ever, with Central Park recording a high of 104 degrees Fahrenheit – beating the 1957 record. Additionally, power outages and disruptions to public transport are occurring in certain areas.
In Europe, an increase in wildfires has been seen, particularly in Greece and Turkey. Greece’s Prime Minister has declared a state of emergency due to over 70 blazes sweeping the country, forcing thousands to evacuate. Similarly, Australia is suffering from bushfires caused by the relentless heatwave – health authorities are urging people to stay indoors to avoid heatstroke and further illnesses.
The heatwave has even impacted Asia; Tokyo and Shanghai have both recorded high temperatures and various warnings were issued about heatstroke risks. Climate experts have attributed these intense heat waves to climate change; human activity is causing terrestrial temperatures to rise, resulting in a range of extreme conditions such as floods, droughts and these new records for temperature highs.
It is imperative that governments take action against climate change by reducing fossil fuel use and investing in resilient infrastructure so that communities are protected from any further extreme weather events.