A heat wave is an extended period of intense heat, often caused by hot air trapped in place by high pressure systems. Last week saw record breaking temperatures across the Northern Hemisphere and cities like Chicago, Paris, and New Delhi have seen historic heat waves in the last decade. Climate change will bring with it not just hotter summers but also more intense and more frequent heat waves. What is at risk in this increased heat?
The Effects of a Heat Wave
- Infrastructure fails.
- Planes can’t take off.
- Asphalt can burn you (and your pet).
- Our bodies suffer serious health risks.
- Our crops suffer.
Let’s explore each a little further.