Severe heatwaves are forecast for the southern and western United States (US).
This is said to be a direct threat to climate change. Already this intense heat wave has hit Europe and killed hundreds of people.
The National Weather Service said in a tweet that 60 daily high temperatures have been recorded so far this week. As a result, the severe heat wave is likely to cover most of the country. Moreover, more record high temperatures are likely in the coming weeks.
Temperatures soared above 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) across much of the southwestern US. Some areas have recorded highs of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit. Similar levels were recorded across the southern US. The humidity in these areas adds to the discomfort.
In particular, the cities of Washington and Philadelphia have declared climate emergencies due to the heat wave and advised residents to be vigilant.
‘Never leave children and pets unattended in the heat waves,’ the Philadelphia Department of Public Health warned in a statement.
Notably, US President Joe Biden said in a recent speech that he would redouble his administration’s efforts to combat global warming.