Fierce heat sweeps northern hemisphere

A long spell of record high temperature in the northern hemisphere has caused enormous human and material losses.

An unprecedented heat wave has swept through North America since late June, with the temperatures going up to nearly 50 degrees centigrade.

The scorching hot weather and heat wave have already claimed hundreds of people’s lives and forest and wild fires occur throughout the region, setting many houses ablaze.

In British Columbia, Canada, the highest temperature in daytime soared up to 46 degrees Celsius, a record high since observation.

It left over 480 people dead and caused well over a hundred forest fires in less than a week.

The highest temperatures which had been set before have reportedly been renewed in several cities.

In the Western US temperature rose up by 5-15 degrees Celsius over the average year, causing a record high temperature of over 49 degrees centigrade, with severe heat alarm being sounded in succession throughout the region.

On July 13 alone, the alarm was given to nearly 10 million people.

In California a drought emergency state was declared in 50 counties and 3 504 people were attacked by heatstroke in Idaho, Oregon and Washington states.

The secretary general of the World Meteorological Organization attributed the disaster that befell the western areas of North America to climate change.

He said such adverse weather and natural disaster as the present one would come more frequently, expressing concern over the enormous damage to be caused by them.

An unprecedentedly long spell of sultry weather continued in June in Finland, which is known to be one of the northernmost countries in the world as a third of its territory is located in the Arctic Circle.

Temperatures have reportedly risen up to over 25 degrees centigrade for 27 days in succession in the southern part of the country for the first time since 1961.

In Japan over 7 000 people were attacked by heatstroke, with ten of them being dead, due to high temperatures in two weeks till July 18.

In Pakistan high temperatures of over 40 degrees Celsius were observed.

Some 20 students suffered heatstroke and lost consciousness during lessons at a school in Islamabad and were taken to hospital.

Weather experts in some countries described high temperatures sweeping the northern hemisphere as a “deadly heat”, warning that such a phenomenon might continue to happen in unexpected areas in the future.