It’s that time of the year again when the sun decides it would be a great surprise to heat the Earth up a few Celsius degrees. The difference this time is that the heat wave proves to be more worrying: it brings the temperatures of several cities across the globe to their record highs, and causes heat-related death toll to drastically increase. In Britain, there were 907 more deaths than average in the week after the thermometer hit a record or 38.1 oC. Japan saw at least 80 people killed since the beginning of the month, while around 70 people perished in Canada. Other effects of the heat waves also seem disastrous: wildfires in Greece killed at least 83, while Sweden is desperately fighting fires above the Arctic circle. The deadly heat wave seems to be the strongest climate signal yet – experts are expecting warming Arctic to be the next centre of attention of the month.
(featured photo from Country Living Magazine.)