Earth might have seen many climatic extremes, but quite certain it never saw a glimpse of hell. Earth just witnessed its hottest day in an area named appropriately for its climatic condition: The Death Valley.
The US National Weather Service verified that Death Valley recorded a bone-melting 54.4C temperature.
The highest temperature recorded on Earth was 129.2F (54C), which was also in Death Valley in 2013. Death Valley is a notoriously hot climatic region.
The latest heatwave seems to stretch from Arizona and moving to Washington. It is expected to hit temperature at its peak on Monday and Tuesday, just before temperatures will start to decline later in the week.
A “Firenado” was observed on Saturday. The entire region’s power generation relies on renewable resources including solar and wind energy.
Now because people make use of their electricity mostly for air conditioning and cooling systems during heat waves, due to this excessive usage of electricity the power grid gets choked.
If electrical strain continues to grow at the current rate, experts suggest that it can cause the electrical system to undergo pressure.
The Heatwave Is A Bigger Threat Than Perceived
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that heatwaves kill more people on average than any other extreme weather events in the country. The on-the-spot effects of heatwaves on the human body can include heat cramps but it can also potentially cause fatal heat strokes.
Extreme heat can also resonate with some pre-existing comorbid and health conditions, including respiratory diseases, cardiac conditions, and renal disorders, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).