From The London Evening Standard (Eleanor Rose):
Parts of the globe are experiencing “one of the most intense heat events ever seen”, according to climate scientists.
Climate scientists are worried after several locations in the northern hemisphere saw record high temperatures over the past week.
Meteorologist Nick Humphrey said in a blog post that the extreme spell of hot weather amounted to “a true roasting”, writing: “It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events I’ve ever seen for so far north.”
The mercury hit 30.1C in Castlederg in Northern Ireland on June 29 – a new record – while temperatures in Tbilisi, Georgia, and Yerevan, Armenia, rose this week to 40.5C and 42C respectively.
In the US, the Washington Post reports that heat in Denver, Colorado soared to an all-time high of 40.6C on June 28.
Guinness World Records has said that in the town of Quriyet, Oman, on June 26, the lowest temperature over the 24-hour period was a sweltering 42.6C – making a new record for highest “low”.
Deaths linked to a heat wave in Canada’s Quebec province reached 33 on Thursday, health officials said after the region’s largest city Montreal recorded its record high of 36.6C on July 2.
In the UK the heatwave pushed mean temperatures for last month up to 14.8C, making it provisionally the third warmest June since records began in 1910.
According to Humphrey, who interpreted a heat map from the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer, even northern Siberia “has been getting blowtorched” with maximum temperatures of above 32C.
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