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Deadly heat wave in China due to climate change

Deadly heat wave in China due to climate change

In several regions of China the alert has already been given due to high temperatures due to the heat wave that has affected the country in recent days.

Liaoning, Jilin, Chongqing, Hubei, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia have experienced temperatures of between 37 and 39 degrees Celsius in recent days, the National Meteorological Center reported Tuesday.

In the northeastern province of Liaoning, where people are used to cool summers, the main topic of discussion on social media has been when the scorching heat will end.

Experts from the Liaoning Meteorological Society explained that the Western Pacific Subtropical Cyclone moved north to higher latitudes earlier than usual this month, raising temperatures unusually in the Northeast, and even It has influenced the climate of Russia and some Nordic countries.

According to the meteorological center, the heat wave is likely to continue to hit the northeast and north.

The entity recommended that the inhabitants of the affected areas reduce their outdoor activities, and that the local authorities take precautions against possible fires due to the excessive increase in electricity consumption.

China has a three-tier, color-coded warning system for heat waves, with red representing the most severe, followed by orange and yellow.

Blame it on Climate Change

Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has shown that beyond a certain threshold of temperature and humidity, a person cannot survive without protection in the open air for long periods, as, for example, farmers must.

The new study notes that under normal greenhouse gas emission scenarios, that threshold will be reached multiple times in the North China Plain region between 2070 and 2100.

"This place is going to be the hottest place for deadly heat waves in the future, especially under climate change," says Eltahir. And the signs of that future have already begun: There has been a substantial increase in extreme heat waves in the NCP as early as the last 50 years, the study shows. Warming in this region during that period has been almost twice the world average.

In 2013, extreme heat waves in the region persisted for up to 50 days, with maximum temperatures exceeding 38 ° C (100 ° F) in some places. The main heat waves occurred in 2006 and 2013, breaking records. Shanghai, the largest city in eastern China, broke a 141-year-old temperature record in 2013, and dozens died.

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Video: Temperatures in the Artic Circle hit all-time high. DW News (October 2020).