Extreme heatwaves predicted this summer based on record temperatures.
By The Headlines, April 20, 2023 | 08:36 AM
Following the continent's warmest summer on record, top scientists in Europe have issued an "alarming" warning that climate change could cause heatwaves to last longer and heat stress to put lives in danger.
Extreme heat waves are expected this summer, and the repercussions of recent global warming are already being felt in places like Thailand, New York, and Central Asia.
Recent days saw Thailand break its all-time high temperature of 45C, and neighbouring Laos nearly matched it by reaching 43C. Thai nationals were issued a health warning that Bangkok could experience temperatures that felt like 50C if the humidity was taken into account.
Thirteen people died from heat exhaustion in the western Indian state of Maharashtra, while more than 50 more were hospitalized as the temperature exceeded 42C.
In the meantime, Central Park in New York City hit 32°C in the middle of what should be spring weather, shattering a previous record from the 1970s.
According to local observers who spoke to the Irish Examiner, Sri Lanka and Bahrain in the Middle East have also recently experienced odd weather patterns that are not typical for April.
The EU's Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S) issued a warning after confirming that the summer of 2022 was the warmest on record in Europe and that the continent was experiencing an increase in the number of summer days with substantial "heat stress" for people and animals.
According to C3S's State of the Climate 2022 report, Southern Europe is particularly susceptible to "extreme heat stress" as the continent continues to warm.
With little under 1C above the average for the period between 1990 and 2020, last year was the second-warmest on record in Europe. However, according to C3S, last summer was the warmest on record, coming in at 1.4C above the previous normal.
The report said that the climate in the Arctic is changing dramatically. It cautioned that temperatures over the Arctic had increased far more quickly than those over the majority of the rest of the world.