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For 20 Weeks in 2020, This City Saw Triple-Digit Temps

Phoenix shattered a bunch of heat records this year

(Newser) - It's been a hot Arizona summer, and nowhere more so than in the state's capital. "Almost every heat record that we have here in Phoenix, we've broken this year—shattered some of those records, even," a National Weather Service meteorologist tells the Arizona Republic . One... More »

Triple-Digit Temps Over the Weekend, Then ... Snow?

Denver on 'roller coaster' weather ride, while West in general is getting slammed by a heat wave

(Newser) - Summer is definitely not over. A CNN meteorologist says the heat out West over the past couple of months "has been nothing short of amazing," and it doesn't look like it's going to let up over Labor Day weekend, with weather warnings emerging for California, Arizona,... More »

How Hot Was It Sunday in Death Valley? It May Be a Record Breaker

It hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit, possibly the highest 'reliably' recorded temp ever

(Newser) - It's not called Furnace Creek for nothing. This section of Southern California's Death Valley is notoriously hot, and it may now hold the record for the Earth's hottest temperature ever recorded. Per National Weather Service stats , the thermometer in Furnace Creek hit 130 degrees Fahrenheit around 3:... More »

Phoenix Breaks 'Record Nobody Really Wants'

2020 has brought 35 days above 110 degrees, with more expected

(Newser) - The hottest US city has broken its own record for most 110-degree days in a year—"a record nobody really wants," a meteorologist tells the Arizona Republic. Phoenix cracked 110 degrees for its 34th day of the year on Sunday, surpassing the previous record of 33 days set... More »

Baghdad Sets New Blistering Heat Record

It was 125.2 degrees on Tuesday

(Newser) - Baghdad hit 125.2 degrees Tuesday, the highest temperature ever recorded for the city in Iraq. The Middle East is in the midst of a heat wave, and on Wednesday, Baghdad hit its second-highest temperature ever: 124 degrees. The previous record, set in July 2015, was 123.8, the Washington ... More »

New Warning About 'Hidden Risk' on Hand Sanitizers

Fire department posts photo of burned car door, claiming hand sanitizer can ignite if car gets too hot

(Newser) - Hand sanitizer is supposed to be helping us to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, but CBS Dallas-Fort Worth details a "hidden risk" that many people may not have considered. In a Facebook post that's since been taken down, the Western Lakes Fire District of Oconomowoc, Wis., put... More »

For Billions, Earth Could Be Too Hot to Handle in 50 Years

New study looks at climate change in unusual way

(Newser) - In just 50 years, 2 billion to 3.5 billion people, mostly the poor who can’t afford air conditioning, will be living in a climate that historically has been too hot to handle, a new study says. With every 1.8 degree increase in global average annual temperature from... More »

Last Month, a 'Rewrite of Climate History'

July 2019 was hottest month ever on Earth, climate agency confirms

(Newser) - "We have always lived through hot summers. But this is not the summer of our youth. This is not your grandfather's summer." That's what UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres told reporters last week, and on Monday, final data came in to verify his assertion. The EU's... More »

Temperature in Paris Climbs to a Record 108

As heat records are broken all across Europe

(Newser) - All-time heat records are being set across Europe as the continent deals with its second summer heat wave . Paris hit a record high of 108.7 degrees Fahrenheit Thursday, as tourists streamed to any body of water they could find to escape the heat, USA Today reports. All-time records were... More »

New National Heat Record Set in Australia

Adelaide temperature hits 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit

(Newser) - Adelaide has sweltered through the highest temperature ever recorded by a major Australian city, peaking at a searing 115.9 degrees Fahrenheit as the drought-parched nation heads toward potentially the hottest January on record. The South Australia state capital city of 1.3 million people on Thursday beat its previous... More »

Last Month in Death Valley Was Hottest Month Ever Recorded on Earth

Average temperature over day and night: 108.1 degrees

(Newser) - Death Valley, well known for its often record high temperatures, has set a new one: Last month in Death Valley was the hottest month ever recorded on the planet Earth. The average temperature—over day and night—was 108.1 degrees, putting July 2018 about a half-degree ahead of July... More »

Melting Roofs, Buckling Roads, and Deaths in Global Heat Wave

Record-setting temps have been set around the world over the past week

(Newser) - A city in Oman set a heat record last week, but it's not the only place registering record-setting mercury. The Washington Post lists the places worldwide that have been experiencing never-before-recorded heat over the past week, caused by heat pressure or heat domes across the Northern Hemisphere. In North... More »

New Temperature Record in Oman? No Sweat

Actually, lots of sweat, with a 108.7-degree 24-hour 'low' in Quriyat

(Newser) - A dangerous heat wave is expected to envelop much of the US over the next few days, but residents in Quriyat, Oman, probably won't have much sympathy. That's because it's so hot there that a new world record was set Tuesday: Per Weather Underground , the city registered... More »

This City Endured a 122.4-Degree Day. It's Likely a Record

Temp in Nawabshah, Pakistan, on Monday may have been highest global figure in April ever

(Newser) - A city in southern Pakistan was the absolute hottest destination in April—and by "hottest," we're talking temps, not trends. In fact, Nawabshah registered the highest reliably documented temperature in the month of April ever, anywhere on the planet, per the New York Times , which noted the... More »

'Mass Mortality' Hits Great Barrier Reef, Shocks Scientists

'Unprecedented bleaching event' killed off half the coral there over 2 years

(Newser) - An "unprecedented" bleaching event struck the Great Barrier Reef in 2016, with perilously high temperatures affecting the 1,400-mile-long stretch of coral. The Atlantic notes we already knew that this occurred , but that the toll is just now being fully understood: It describes a new study published in the... More »

Sydney Just Had Its Hottest Day in 80 Years

It reached 117 degrees in Australia

(Newser) - Even as much of the United States remains in a deep freeze, temperatures on the other side of the world are reaching near-record highs. In Sydney, Australia, the thermometer topped out at 117.14 degrees Fahrenheit Sunday, falling just short of the record-setting 118 degrees that struck the city back... More »

A Heatwave Can Kill You in 27 Ways

Your organs can be screwed in more ways than one

(Newser) - "Dying during a heatwave is like a terror movie with 27 bad endings to choose from," says Camilo Mora in a press release— and the Hawaiian researcher has detailed exactly what those 27 ways are. The 21st century has already experienced a rash of deadly heatwaves, from the... More »

Couple Dies Hours Into Hike Amid 113-Degree Heat

Kathie Barber, Gen Miake found dead in Mojave Desert

(Newser) - At 11am Saturday, they began hiking in California's Mojave Desert. By about 1:30pm, they were out of water and Kathie Barber's 60-year-old husband was missing. The 113-degree heat spared neither of them: Barber, 58, and Gen Miake were found near Amboy Crater and pronounced dead at the... More »

How Hot Is It in LA? Record- Breaking Hot (and Dangerous)

'Potentially life-threatening,' says National Weather Service

(Newser) - A blistering heat wave has broken a 131-year-old record in Los Angeles. The National Weather Service reports that the temperature hit 96 degrees Saturday in downtown Los Angeles, beating a record of 95 degrees for the date set in 1886, the AP reports. Other records for the day fell at... More »

Scientists Blame People for 3rd 'Hottest Year' in a Row

Human impact 'no longer subtle' on global warming that made 2016 hottest year ever

(Newser) - Everyone kind of knew this was coming , but many are still sweating at the news. Data for 2016 has been released, and it's official that last year was the hottest year on record, following 2014 and 2015 in holding this status, the Guardian reports. NASA and NOAA released their... More »

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