So it’s hot. It’s hot in Atlanta, it’s hot in Vermont and it’s hot everywhere in between. But just how hot is it? This month, more than 3,000 daytime high temperatures and almost 2,000 nighttime lows were tied or broken across the United States in June.
On Saturday, Atlanta set an all-time record-high temperature of 106 degrees Fahrenheit, and followed that up with 105 on Sunday . That is hot. For many Americans, “cooling down” has taken on a whole new meaning. Just look at Louisville, Kentucky. Kentucky’s capital is cooling down to a balmy high of 99 degrees this week. And many parts of the country are still expected to set record highs this week.
Doesn’t it just seem like we just had a record-breaking heat wave this spring? So far this year, there have been more than 40,000 warm temperature records tied or broken. 40,000! Compare that to just 5,835 cold records. Something doesn’t seem right to me.
This is what we’ll come to see as the new normal in warming world. As we pump carbon pollution into the atmosphere, extreme heat events are likely to become commonplace, and they’ll be more intense and longer lasting. And hot weather isn’t the end of it. With the heat comes freakish, intense storms that can wreak havoc on our everyday life, as millions of people just found out in the Eastern U.S. when they lost power for days.
It’s hot. And it’s only going to get hotter. What do you think the rest of the summer has in store for us? What have you been doing to beat the heat?