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Deadly heatwaves scorch Northern Hemisphere, highlighting climate Change impact

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As the Northern Hemisphere marks the first day of summer, deadly heatwaves are scorching cities across four continents, underscoring the impact of climate change.

These record-breaking temperatures could make this summer the warmest in 2,000 years.

Asia and Europe: Hundreds, if not thousands, of deaths are suspected due to extreme temperatures.

Saudi Arabia: Nearly two million Muslim pilgrims in Mecca faced temperatures above 51°C (124°F), with reports indicating hundreds of deaths during the haj.

Egypt: At least 530 Egyptians have died, with another 40 missing, during the haj, according to medical and security sources.

Mediterranean Region: High temperatures have fueled forest fires from Portugal to Greece and Algeria.

Serbia and Montenegro: Temperatures around 40°C (104°F) prompted red weather alerts and advisories to stay indoors.

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United States:

Heat Dome: The eastern U.S. has been enduring a heat dome for the fourth consecutive day. New York City opened emergency cooling centers, and schools in surrounding suburbs dismissed students early.

Arizona and New Mexico: An excessive heat warning was issued for parts of Arizona, with Phoenix expecting temperatures of 45.5°C (114°F). In New Mexico, wildfires exacerbated by the heat have killed two people and burned over 23,000 acres.


Record Night Temperatures: New Delhi experienced its warmest night in 55 years at 35.2°C (95.4°F). The city has recorded 38 consecutive days with temperatures at or above 40°C (104°F).

Heat-Related Illnesses: Over 40,000 suspected heatstroke cases and at least 110 confirmed deaths were reported between March and mid-June.

Climate Change Impact:

The heatwaves follow 12 consecutive months of record-high global temperatures. The World Meteorological Organization predicts an 86% chance that one of the next five years will surpass 2023 as the warmest on record.

Scientists from the World Weather Attribution group warn that heatwaves will become more frequent, intense, and longer-lasting if climate-warming emissions continue.

As these extreme weather events unfold, they serve as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address climate change to prevent further escalation of such deadly phenomena.

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