Record temperatures were recorded on Saturday June 11 in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Denver and Death Valley in the United States. The southwestern states of the country are in the grip of a potentially deadly heat wave. Temperatures are predicted to reach 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) in the coming days.
The Phoenix National Weather Service said the temperature reached 114 degrees Fahrenheit (46 degrees Celsius). This is equivalent to the record set in 1918.”
In Colorado, a temperature of 100 F (38 C) was recorded in Denver. This equals a record set in 2013.
In Death Valley, California, the temperature reached 122 F (50 C) on June 11.
While the region generally warms up at this time of year, forecasters have warned that it will be considerably warmer than average.
Prolonged exposure to high temperatures can be extremely dangerous for humans.
The World Health Organization says excessive heat stresses the body and increases the risk of respiratory and cardiovascular disease.
“Heat waves can acutely impact large populations for short periods of time, often trigger public health emergencies, and lead to excess mortality and cascading socioeconomic impacts,” the WHO says on its website.
Heat waves and temperature swings are a natural part of the climate, but scientists say human-caused global warming is creating more extreme events, sometimes with devastating consequences.
In June of last year, a “heat dome” settled over the western United States and Canada.
Intense temperatures and the region’s worst drought in a millennium have sparked numerous fires.
(With agency contributions)
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