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Sunday, July 16th was a historic day for China’s climate. The highest temperature ever reached with a thermometer touching 52.2°C was recorded in Sanbao, surpassing the previous national record of +50.7°C. Other stations reached the 50°C mark. This area was the site of an extreme adverse weather event the previous winter; Jingtao, with a temperature of -53 degrees Celsius, broke the national record for coldness in China.
A historic heatwave affecting the southwestern United States, In particular Colorado, Nevada, Arizona and California where several records were broken on Sunday. Death Valley, already famous for its sweltering heat, reached 53.3°C, one step short of its world record of 54.4°C. This, then, is the highest temperature in the world for the year 2023. While this exceptional heat wave is expected to subside, it will expand into the south central and southeastern United States, areas where humidity is already driving dangerously high heat rates. About 63.1 million people, or 19% of the US population, live in areas with dangerous heat levels.
These heat waves are coupled with that affecting southern Europe The floods in eastern USA, India and Korea are the result of a certain state of atmospheric circulation involving simultaneous extreme weather events in the Northern Hemisphere.
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