People Are Dying From Record Breaking Heat Waves All Over The World
This is a global issue.
We don't need to remind you that it's been a hot summer in Montreal.
Air conditioners have completely sold out across the city, people who don't have AC are camping out at their friends and families houses to share the cool air, and there's a general consensus across the city - we all feel it - this summer is one hell of a scorcher.
Not to mention that almost 100 people have died over the past month in this province. But Quebec isn't the only part of the northern hemisphere experiencing the devastating consequences of relentless summer heat.
People are dying everywhere
Blistering heat across Japan has claimed more than 40 lives in just one short month. And an estimated 10,000 people have reportedly been hospitalized for a heat-related illness.
In Greece, the country is experiencing the deadliest fire season in a decade. Raging wildfires have spontaneously sparked in popular seaside areas of Greece. Almost 50 lives have been claimed.
The death toll has rise to 49 with many of the dead believed to be young children. Unspeakable tragedy. #greece #greecefires #cyprus #wildfires #fireservice Photos: #Reuters pic.twitter.com/qj59Fv11g5— Avgoustinos Fire (@avgoustinosfire) July 24, 2018
Bodies of young families attempting to run to the ocean to escape the flames were found huddling together on the beach.
A hot July has also swept across Western Europe and impacted even Scandinavia, where deadly wildfires have also been raging in Sweden, a country known for having relatively cooler temperatures even in summer.
And we all assume Northern African must be hot, but unimaginable world-record breaking temperature of 51.3 degrees Celsius was recorded in the Algerian city of Ouargla. This is the highest reliable temperature ever recorded on the African continent.
All this to say that this summer heat wave is no longer just a local issue, but a global one.