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June Sees Record-Breaking Heat Waves Around the World
June Sees Record-Breaking Heat Waves Around the World0During June, more than 1,000 temperature records broke worldwide as intense heat waves scorched regions across the globe. The Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia turned deadly, claiming at least 1,300 lives due to soaring temperatures. Meanwhile, the U.S. issued a heat advisory for about 100 million people. In India, which faced some of the most severe temperatures, at least 100 people have died in the past three months due to heat.

Experts attribute these heat waves to climate change, noting that the phenomenon is a stark indicator of the future. “It should be obvious that dangerous climate change is already upon us,” a climate scientist told The Washington Post. “People will die because of global warming on this very day.”

Nearly 5 billion people, or more than 60 percent of the world’s population, endured climate-change-driven extreme heat over nine days in June. Climate Central’s Climate Shift Index (CSI) confirmed that every heat wave worldwide has intensified and become more frequent due to climate change, driven by burning fossil fuels and deforestation.

In Saudi Arabia, temperatures exceeded 50 degrees Celsius in some cities. Climate Central’s analysis revealed that Mecca was three times more likely to experience such temperatures daily due to climate change. Previous studies by Climameter indicated climate change made the Saudi Arabian heat wave up to 2.5 degrees Celsius hotter.

June Sees Record-Breaking Heat Waves Around the World8The Americas experienced heat waves in late June. They affected the southern part of the U.S., Mexico, and Central America. Mexico reported at least 125 deaths, with temperatures reaching 52 degrees Celsius in Sonora on June 21.

The heat also impacted the Copa America football tournament. An assistant referee collapsed due to high temperatures during a match between Peru and Canada. Temperatures reached 38 degrees Celsius, with humidity levels exceeding 50 percent.

India endured one of its worst heat waves, which subsided in mid-June. The prolonged heat left over 40,000 people with heatstroke and resulted in more than 100 deaths. Nighttime temperatures hit a record 37 degrees Celsius, the highest ever recorded in the country.

In Egypt, temperatures approached 50 degrees Celsius, particularly in Aswan province, causing at least 40 deaths. The heat led to a surge in energy consumption, prompting the government to impose daily power cuts to prevent overloading the electrical grid.



Luis Apolo
Staff Reporter
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인쇄기능입니다.
1. What major event in Mecca was significantly affected by the heat waves in June?
2. How many people in the U.S. were under a heat advisory during the June heat waves?
3. What was the record temperature reached in Sonora, Mexico on June 21?
4. According to Climate Central’s Climate Shift Index, what has been the effect of climate change on heat waves worldwide?
 
1. Have you ever experienced extremely hot weather? How did you cope with it?
2. What steps can individuals take to protect themselves from extreme heat? Have you tried any of these methods?
3. How do you think climate change could affect future generations? What kind of world do you imagine for them?
4. How do you feel about the connection between climate change and the increasing frequency of heat waves?
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