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No, it’s not just you. It actually is really hot. We’re talking triple digits around the world. This summer alone, nine all-time temperature records have been broken. That’s dangerous, especially in urban landscapes.
Per Curbed, “according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extreme heat now causes more deaths in U.S. cities than all other weather events combined.”
Per Vanessa Romo at NPR:
An estimated 70 deaths have been connected to the scorching temperatures and humidity that rolled over Canada’s Quebec province last week, and officials say the number may rise as hospital and nursing home records are reviewed.
Most of the people who died as the region reached temperatures up to 95 degrees are elderly men and women living alone in apartments with no air conditioning, and many had chronic health conditions.
What’s causing this heat? And what can we do to stay safe in scorching temperatures?
Produced by Stef Collett.
- Motoko Rich Tokyo Bureau Chief, New York Times; @motokorich
- Chris Bruin Meteorologist, The Weather Channel; @TWCChrisBruint
- Martin Hoerling Research meteorologist, NOAA's Earth System Research Lab
- Dr. Georges Benjamin Executive Director, American Public Health Association
- David Hondula Assistant Professor, School of Geographic Sciences and Urban Planning, Arizona State University; @ASUHondulat