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A Growing Danger: Record-Breaking Heat Waves in the USA

According to the Oxford Dictionary, a heatwave is defined as a prolonged period of abnormally hot weather. Heatwaves are unique in different locations around the world; however, every heatwave is dangerous and intense.


Written By: Cove Johnson Rabidoux


Over time, heat waves have become much more profound. In the United States in the 1960s, there were an average of 2 heat waves per year. Still, that number has dramatically increased, averaging about 6.5 heat waves yearly. This is a result of climate change and the burning of fossil fuels. Rising fossil fuel emissions have raised global average temperatures, which have resulted in more intense and frequent heat waves.

This summer, there have been more heatwaves across the United States of America than ever recorded. In areas such as Death Valley, California, and Phoenix, Arizona, the temperatures have reached over 120° Fahrenheit.

Venturing outside in temperatures above 90° can have dangerous effects on your body. It can cause serious health problems such as dehydration, heatstroke, and other heat-related illnesses. Since high environmental temperatures can negatively affect your body, it is important to know how to stay safe and prevent these problems from occurring. To prevent heat-related illnesses, staying in cool places, wearing light clothing, and staying hydrated is important. Additionally, taking breaks in cooler areas and drinking plenty of fluids is important. It is also essential to check on elders and young children since they are more susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Taking these precautions can help prevent serious health problems associated with heat waves!



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