This past June was the hottest June in the recorded history of the United States, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Rising temperatures have been felt all around the world with countries in Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia, also experiencing record-breaking temperatures.
For people who can afford the luxury of sitting in front of air conditioners, this may not feel like a problem. But heat waves pose a grave health threat to vulnerable communities worldwide and they will only intensify in the years ahead due to the worsening impact of climate change.
The threat of extreme heat isn’t contained to the US, it’s an issue faced globally. Heat-related deaths account for the majority of Australia’s deaths by natural disasters. The United Arab Emirates recorded its highest June temperature on June 6 at 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52C). Canada saw 130 heat-related deaths in Vancouver as temperatures soared to 121 degrees (49C).