The most intense heat waves in history

Japan's worst heat wave ever sets new records

Stars Insider

04/07/22 | StarsInsider

LIFESTYLE Extreme weather

The globe is warming up, with summers getting hotter every year. Japan is experiencing the worst heat wave yet, as the temperature in central Tokyo soared above 35°C (95°F) on July 3 for a record ninth straight day, one day longer than the previous record set in 2015. Meanwhile, the city of Isesaki, north-west of the Tokyo, saw a record 40.2°C (104°F). The sweltering heat has drawn official warnings of a looming power shortage.

The UK is next, as a predicted 10-day heatwave is on its way via a tropical blast from the Atlantic Azores islands, with temperatures expected to reach over 30°C (86°F).

If you remember, June 2018 was one for the history books. The Northern Hemisphere was hit by many heat waves, affecting Europe, Asia, Africa, and North America. The earth's surface temperature was the fourth highest in 140 years. Scientists claim that air currents slowed down, trapping areas of cloudless high pressure. According to the World Meteorological Organization, climate change is to blame for the high temperatures, which have a huge effect on mankind. Elderly people have an increased mortality, while crop yields suffer. Meanwhile, the Baltic sea saw its biggest algae bloom in decades, poisoning water around the world.

To find out more about the biggest heat waves ever, read up on the hottest days in history in this gallery.

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