| 21 April 2024, Sunday |

People worldwide swelter, suffer, die under climate change-fueled heat waves

During this summer, the effects of climate change have intensified heatwaves across the globe, leading to severe weather alerts and resulting in the loss of many lives. From North America to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, countries are facing the challenges posed by soaring temperatures.
In the US, a nationwide alert has been issued as sweltering heat and oppressive humidity blanket various regions.

Mexico has also been severely impacted, with temperatures surpassing 40C (104F). More than 110 people have lost their lives due to the high temperature.

The UK sweltered through its hottest June since record-keeping began in 1884. The average temperature was 15.8C (60.44F), almost a degree higher than previous highs for the month.

Iran, known for its blistering summers, witnessed temperatures reaching a staggering 50C (122F) in some areas.

In Spain, the mercury soared to a scorching 44C (111.2F). The country faced alarming conditions throughout June, with eight out of its 17 autonomous administrations issuing alerts.

Pakistan and India have also suffered the devastating consequences of the hot spell. Heatstroke-related incidents claimed the lives of at least 22 people in Pakistan, while more than 150 individuals passed on in India.

Even China has been seeing the hottest days in six decades, with temperatures reaching up to 40C (104F).

  • Anadolu Agency