As the data shows, the heat in the US is more deadly than any other extreme weather

As the climate crisis increases average temperatures around the world, new data has revealed that extreme heat is an increasingly urgent problem, ahead of other weather events in terms of unpredictability.

Floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and even frost are less than the total number of deaths that occur each year from extreme heat, as determined by the US National Weather Service.

A government agency found that 190 people died from heat in 2021, well above the 10-year average of 135. The next most deadly weather event was the flood, which claimed 146 people in the same year and an average of 98 over the past decade.

Other dangerous weather were bursting currents, cold weather, and tornadoes, all of which were much more deadly in 2021 than the 10-year average.

The extreme heat, seen in record highs around the world this summer, is likely to be both more frequent and more severe due to the climate crisis.

And other extreme weather events such as floods, hurricanes and wildfires are fueled by rising global temperatures due to greenhouse gas emissions, mainly from the burning of fossil fuels.

In July, almost every region in the US was hit by relentless heatwaves, exposing more than 150 million people to heat warnings and advice. More than 350 new daily high temperature records were tracked, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Last week, abnormally high temperatures on the Pacific Northwest led to at least 20 potential heat-related deaths.

But that pales in comparison to last year’s “heat dome” on the Pacific Northwest, which killed more than 800 people in the US and Canada. Due to the climate crisis, a heatwave with mercury temperatures above 38 degrees Celsius (38 degrees Celsius) in the normal temperate region was considered 150 times more likely.

Extreme heat can cause serious health problems when the body becomes severely dehydrated or loses its ability to cool down. In minor cases, the heat can lead to fainting or cramps – but in serious cases, extreme heat can cause heatstroke as the body quickly reaches temperatures above 100F (38C).

Heat stroke can be fatal without emergency medical attention. Some of the people most susceptible to overheating diseases are the elderly, young children, pregnant women, and people with underlying medical conditions such as heart disease.

In addition, the heat can affect some communities more than others. As noted by the World Health Organization (WHO), outside workers, poor and homeless people are more likely to suffer from health problems caused by heat.

A 2021 study found that in the United States, poorer neighborhoods and neighborhoods with more black, Hispanic, and Asian people were generally hotter than richer, whiter neighborhoods, which could put additional strain on these communities.

In addition to the heat, climate experts also warn against a dangerous increase in air humidity.

“There are two drivers of climate change: temperature and humidity,” said Associated Press V “Ram” Ramanathan, a climatologist at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Cornell University of the University of California, San Diego.

Humidity, combined with the temperature on the thermometer, creates the “apparent temperature”, which is what you feel on the outside. In addition, high temperatures and humidity can raise the temperature of the “wet bulb” – a measure of how much the body is able to cool down.

Scientists caution that wet bulb temperatures above 95F (35C) are “unbearable” for people who experience it for at least six hours. While cases of such high wet bulb temperatures are still rare, they are becoming more common around the world, according to NASA.

The National Weather Service’s monthly forecasts for the Climate Forecasting Center show that much of the United States is in for a hotter than average August.

The monstrous temperatures have returned to the central United States this week, with temperatures hovering around or above 100F (38C) from Texas through South Dakota.

Much of the central US and Northeast is under heat surveillance as high temperatures combined with humidity will make it feel above 90F (32C) or 100F in the Northeast, Southeast, and Central plains. Conditions in southwestern Iowa could be as high as 45 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

On Thursday, both Boston, Massachusetts and Hartford, Connecticut broke their daily temperature records as mercury hit 38F (37C) and 96F (36C) respectively.

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