Wednesday, 1 August 2018

How Record Heat Wreaked Havoc on Four Continents

Source: The New York Times; 30th July 2018, by Somini Sengupta, Tiffany May and Zia ur-Rehman

Somini Sengupta, Tiffany May and Zia ur-Rehman reported, "(...) Elena Manaenkova, deputy head of the World Meteorological Organization, said this year was “shaping up to be one of the hottest years on record” and that the extreme heat recorded so far was not surprising in light of climate change.  “This is not a future scenario,” she said. “It is happening now.” What was it like to be in these really different places on these really hot days? We asked people. Here’s what we learned. 

Ouargla, Algeria: 124°F (51°C) on July 5

At 3 p.m. on the first Thursday of July, on the edge of the vast Sahara, the Algerian oil town of Ouargla recorded a high of 124 degrees Fahrenheit (51°C). Even for this hot country, it was a record, according to Algeria’s national meteorological service. (...) “We couldn’t keep up,” he recalled. “It was impossible to do the work. It was hell.” By 11 a.m., he and his colleagues walked off the job. (...)"

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