Extreme heat of up to 50ºC leaves a trail of damage in Europe, Asia and the United States; see PHOTOS and understand | Environment

The week that marked the beginning of summer in the Northern Hemisphere (and the last days of June in general) brought scorching temperatures to several countries in Europe, Asia and North America.

In the United States, a heat wave raised the thermometers in several cities across the country. Last Thursday (23), according to the Associated Press news agency, at least 15 US states have recorded temperatures above 37.8 degrees Celsius.

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In addition, since June 15, at least 113 automated weather stations across the country have recorded record temperatures. According to the National Weather Service, more than 30 million Americans were under some kind of heat alert in the last days.

At the beginning of the month, in several areas of the interior of California, temperatures exceeded 40°C, with a record of 50°C in the so-called Death Valley, a desert area in the east of the state.

“During the summer, it’s really hard to find a place at night that’s cool enough to sleep without the police chasing you,” Chris Medlock, a homeless resident of Phoenix, Arizona, told the AP. .

Excessive heat causes more weather-related deaths in the United States than hurricanes, floods and tornadoes combined. Nationwide, heat waves contribute to an estimated 1,500 deaths annually, and some experts estimate that about half of these fatalities occur precisely with homeless people.

Scientists also claim that this early “warmth” has all the characteristics of climate change. And it’s not just in the United States.

Firefighters control a forest fire in Rheinsberg, Germany (23/06/2022). — Photo: Christian Guttmann/dpa via AP

In Henan Province, north of Chinaon Friday (24), the city of Xuchang reached more than 42 degrees Celsius while its neighbor Dengfeng scored around 41ºC, a historic landmark according to climatologist Maximiliano Herrera.

already in JapanOn Friday, Tokamachi and Tsunan also broke heat records, while several cities in the Asian country broke monthly marks, he said.

“It is easy to look at these numbers and forget the immense misery they represent. People who can’t afford air conditioning and those who work outdoors have only one option, to suffer,” said climate scientist and atmospheric science professor Andrew Dessler.

In the Russian city of Norilsk, which is above the arctic circle, thermometers marked 32ºC on Thursday, the hottest June day on record, according to Herrera. Saragt, in Turkmenistan, scored 45.9ºCbut Herrera said it could get even hotter there over the next few days.

A heat wave in Europe has also caused problems like wildfires in Germany and Spain. (see photos below).

Northern Illinois University meteorology professor Victor Gensini told the Associated Press that what is happening with this initial heat wave is “very consistent with what we would expect in a constantly warming world.”

“These temperatures are occurring with just 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) of global warming and we are on our way to 4 degrees Fahrenheit (2.2 degrees Celsius) more warming over the course of this century,” Dessler said. “In fact, I can’t imagine how bad this will be.”

Burnt vegetation after forest fires affected an area near Miranda de Arga, northern Spain — Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Thermometer shows temperature of more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37ºC) before a baseball game in Atlanta, Georgia, USA (23/06/22). — Photo: Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP

Elephant keepers Kristin Windle, left, and Caiti Amox give the Methai elephant a refreshing bath at the zoo in Houston, Texas, USA (24/06/2022). — Photo: Brett Coomer/Houston Chronicle via AP

A man reads a newspaper on the public beach of Alimos, south of Athens, Greece (23/06/22). — Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

People gather on Alimos public beach in southern Athens (23/04/22). — Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Paleo Faliro beach in the south of Athens. Temperatures hit 40°C in parts of southern Greece on Friday. — Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

A firefighter works in front of the flames during a forest fire in Sierra de la Culebra, in Zamora, Spain (18/06/22). — Photo: Emilio Fraile/Europa Press via AP

People wait for a medical appointment at Tej Bahadur Sapru Hospital in Prayagraj, India on Thursday, June 23, 2022. Several patients are showing up with heat-related illnesses at the hospital. — Photo: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

Historical low water levels in Rome’s Tiber River reveal part of its dry bed (21/06/22). — Photo: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A man bathes in a shower on the public beach of Paleo Faliro, south of Athens, Greece (23/06/22). — Photo: AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis

Historical low water levels in Rome’s Tiber River reveal part of its dry bed (21/06/22). — Photo: REUTERS/Yara Nardi

A firefighter’s plane puts out a fire in a burning area in San Martin de Unx, northern Spain (19/06/2022). — Photo: ASSOCIATED PRESS

Women walk beside a thermometer reading 47 degrees Celsius during the first heat wave of the year in Seville, Spain (11/06/22). — Photo: REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo/File Photo

A family takes pictures in the shade on a hot day in Toronto, Canada (23/06/22). — Photo: Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP

Dry field in Grignan, southwest France (19/06/22). Heat wave broke records in the country. — Photo: OLIVIER CHASSIGNOLE/AFP

The setting sun illuminates the clouds over the Rocky Mountains of Denver, Colorado, USA (22/06/22). — Photo: AP Photo/David Zalubowski

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