Did you know that extreme heat events (EHEs), or “heat waves,” kill more people in the United States than hurricanes, earthquakes, lightening, and floods combined?
India was bracing on Monday for another bout of extreme heat after temperatures smashed records in some parts of the country, while weather officials warned against more frequent heat waves. Temperatures in parts of the western region breached 50 Celsius (122°F) last week, causing a spike in cases of people suffering dehydration and heatstroke, and triggering widespread power cuts as surging demand overwhelmed supply grids.
As most of northern and central India reels under an intense heat wave, an orange alert was declared in New Delhi after the capital touched 47 degrees today.
Birmingham is set to enjoy an early summer heatwave with temperatures rocketing to a sweltering 90F (33C). Extreme ‘heat surges’ will push up from the Africa and the Mediterranean at the end of this month and in early June, bringing long spells of unbroken sunshine and sizzling Saharan heat.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2011, the United States experienced a record high number (14) of climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 670 lives, caused more than 6,000 injuries, and cost $55 billion in damages. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.
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