30 million people under heat alerts as western US swelters – News Vibe24

    30 million people under heat alerts as western US swelters - Times of India
    LOS ANGELES: Warm weather warnings apply to more than 30 million people in the western United States after the region’s second wave in weeks brought another record round of high temperatures.
    Drowning conditions hit much of the Pacific coast and inland as far as the western tip of the Rocky Mountains over the weekend, with forecasts warning that they would come on Sunday.
    Las Vegas holds the all-time record of 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius), according to the National Weather Service (NWS) – a temperature recorded in the desert recreation city once in 1942 and three times since 2005.
    Forecasters issued extreme heat warning for the city along with several other urban centers, including the southern city of Phoenix and San Jose, the center of the Silicon Valley tech industry south of San Francisco.
    “More than 30 million people remain under extreme heat warnings or heat advice,” NWS said on Saturday, adding that dangerous heat and dry conditions would continue through Sunday.
    The hot weather of the weekend follows another wave that hit the western United States and Canada in late June.
    Bad conditions saw the all-time record of daily temperatures for three consecutive days in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
    The death toll is not yet known, but is thought to be in the hundreds.
    Last month was the hottest June in North America, according to data released by the European Union’s climate watchdog.
    Human activity has raised global temperatures, causing increasingly intense storms, extreme heat waves, droughts and fires.
    The World Meteorological Agency and Britain’s Met Bureau said in May there was a 40 per cent chance that the average annual global temperature would temporarily exceed 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures over the next five years.
    The last six years, including 2020, have been the six hottest records.


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