A dangerous heat wave swept through southern California on Monday, as temperature records continued to fall across the United States, from Texas to Tampa Bay.
The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued extreme heat warnings for the southern and central regions of the Golden State, with temperatures expected to reach 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 C), in parts of Los Angeles County after Tuesday.
“Plan ahead so you can stay safe in the heat! Make sure your animals have access to shade and water! Never leave children or pets in a parked car!” NWS tweeted.
This comes after the world’s daily temperature records were broken on three days last week, according to preliminary data.
On July 6 the average surface temperature of the planet was 17.23C (63.01F), an unofficial record, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer tool, which uses a combination of observations and computer modeling.
Climate scientists are alarmed about the impact of human-caused global warming, and have warned that 2023 will be the warmest since records began.
In Texas, which has been experiencing a prolonged “heat dome” where warm air is trapped in the atmosphere like a convection oven, the city of El Paso has officially broken the record for most consecutive 100F days. , according to the NWS.
The number is now 24, beating the previous streak of 23 days set in 1994.
Daily temperature records also fell across the country, from Tampa Bay in Florida to Tucson, Arizona.
Global temperatures have risen about 2F (1.1C) since 1880, making extreme heat more frequent.
Extreme heat is the most deadly weather hazard in the United States, according to official data, with the elderly, very young, people with mental illness and chronic illnesses at the highest risk. .
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