Record High Temperatures Across the Northern Hemisphere Come from Climate Change

This year has produced some of the highest temperatures the northern hemisphere has ever seen. The northern half of the globe has set record temperatures, experienced a plethora of wildfires, and seen several people die from the heat waves that are plaguing them. The worst part about it though is that it is entirely our fault. Climate change, caused by emissions, has raised temperatures and wreaked havoc.

Record Temperatures Set Across the Globe

These great heat waves are not located in certain areas but are on every continent within the northern hemisphere. Each area, though the heat differs from place to place, has seen the average temperatures on an upward trend.

Asia

Starting in the eastern part of the northern hemisphere, several countries in Asia have recorded record highs. Kumagaya, Japan, a city 40 miles outside of Tokyo, reached 106° Fahrenheit during their heat wave this past week. At least 44 people died in Japan from the heat wave. This is the highest temperature they have reached since Japan started keeping reliable records in the 1800’s.

Japan is not the only one. Both North and South Korea reported highs of 104° Fahrenheit.

Europe

Even countries in Europe are experiencing record temperatures, which have caused many wildfires. Sweden, Finland, and Norway have recorded temperatures above 89° Fahrenheit above the Arctic Circle. The heat there has nurtured several fires, which in turn produced more heat.

Greece is in the middle of a drought, which has not helped the annual wildfires they normally see. They have reported record highs above 100° Fahrenheit in the midst of the fires, which has killed over 50 people in the last week.

The United Kingdom has issued a heat health watch as they prepare to experience temperatures in the 80’s this week.

Africa

The Sahara Desert, a place most certainly known for its high temperatures, set a record high on July 5 at 124° Fahrenheit. This is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on the African continent.

North America

Montreal, Canada experienced a heat wave that brought temperatures up to 98° Fahrenheit and killed at least 70 people in the Quebec province.

The Dallas-Fort Worth area of Texas has seen multiple days at 108° and 109° Fahrenheit.

Death Valley reached 126 yesterday. The entire southwest portion of the United States is feeling temperatures that make being out in the sun too long can become deadly.

We Caused the Climate Change

The amount of greenhouse gas emissions we produce every day has built up to create the heat waves across the globe. Some may argue that we still experience cold weather, but climate change does not mean that cold weather will disappear entirely. It means that we will continue to see less extreme cold weather and more extreme hot weather. In order to combat climate change, we have to do all we can to reduce our emissions. There was a record heat wave back in 2016, and without change, we will continue to see this trend continue.

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Lacey Jolley
 

I love exploring, experiencing new places, and eating good food! I'm amazed every day at how well the Earth provides for us, and I want to return the favor. I hope to help others learn how we can make our world a better, cleaner place.

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