USA To Face Extreme Heatwave In The Coming Weeks

by | May 28, 2024 | Climate Crisis, Environmental News

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As per reports, the USA is to face extreme heat wave in the coming weeks with record-breaking temperatures. Parts of New Mexico and Utah, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado, have the highest chance of seeing hotter-than-average summer temperatures.

USA to face extreme heatwave

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) broke this news recently. The Northeast and areas from Louisiana to Arizona also have a high probability of experiencing above-average temperatures. Only southwest Alaska is expected to have below-normal temperatures this summer. Kristy Dahl, a principal climate scientist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, warned people about the rising temperatures. “We can expect another dangerous hot summer season, with daily records already being broken in parts of Texas and Florida.

Texas has already been hit hard this year, with tornadoes, floods, and record-breaking temperatures. In May, a storm caused massive power outages around Houston, killing at least seven people and damaging infrastructure.

This storm was connected to a record heatwave in Central America, which caused schools to close and crops to perish. A powerful heat dome over Mexico has been driving these extreme temperatures.

Meanwhile, smoke from Canadian wildfires has blanketed parts of the Midwest. The summer forecast comes at the tail end of El Niño. It is expected to be replaced by La Niña. This will further exacerbate global heating and lead to high summer temperatures across most of the US.

The US faced its hottest year on record in 2023, followed by the warmest winter. In response, NOAA, health officials, and local governments are stepping up plans to prepare for extreme heat. NOAA’s new tool, HeatRisk, provides seven-day forecasts. It’s focused on the dangers of extreme heat, including both daytime and nighttime temperatures.

Official figures estimate around 1,200 heat deaths annually, but this is likely an undercount. Vulnerable populations include older adults, children, pregnant people, and those without shelter.

This year is expected to be particularly perilous for outdoor workers, especially in Florida. There, regulations ensuring access to shade and water have been banned. In contrast, Washington and Oregon have expedited heat-protection laws for outdoor workers.

Phoenix, Arizona, the USA’s hottest city, is bracing for another scorching year. Last year, Phoenix experienced a month of consecutive days over 110°F and a record 645 heat deaths. The city’s office of extreme heat is extending cooling center hours. It’s expanding its tree-planting program to provide more shade in marginalized neighborhoods.

This summer could be the hottest on record, followed by a potentially record-breaking hurricane season. NOAA forecasts up to 25 named storms, including 13 hurricanes. Meteorologist James Marshall Shepherd from the University of Georgia highlighted the ongoing transition from El Niño to La Niña.

He also talks about its impact on global temperatures, stressing the urgent need to address fossil fuel consumption. As the planet warms, the frequency and intensity of heatwaves are expected to increase. This poses a significant challenge to public health and safety.

As the USA is to face extreme heat wave, this is a concerning situation. We cannot overstate the urgent need for climate resilience and proactive measures. The nation, on the other hand, prepares for another potentially devastating summer of extreme heat.

Also Read: Mexico May Experience Hail And Whirlwinds After Extreme Heat Record

 

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  • Sarah Tancredi

    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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