Just as we thought global warming reports couldn’t get any worse, recent studies have found extreme weather conditions going off the scale in terms of heat and humidity, some of which could be fatal for human health.
Between 1979 and 2017, scientists report that temperature measurements have doubled due to several global warming contributors. These findings have only added to the critical state that climate change and extreme weather are in, not to mention what this means for humans. Humidity and heat is a deadly combination as it affects the way your body can cool itself down by sweating, leading to serious complications.
In some areas, such as the Persian Gulf, wet bulb readings have gone above what’s thought to be the limit of human tolerance of 35 degrees – setting a record for highest wet bulb reading ever! A wet bulb reading is a centigrade scale that includes wind speed and solar radiation on top of heat and humidity. Climate change related to extreme weather has been recorded all over the world including Asia, Africa, Australia and America.
The US has experienced a particularly hard hit, especially along the gulf coast. Although conditions only lasted hours and were kept in small areas, the region saw unexpected levels that weren’t expected for decades – but they are occurring more frequently. America has already experienced the dangers of extreme heat since heat already kills more people in the US than any other type of weather.
As humans, we are global warming contributors, with the burning of fossil fuels and other air pollutants that we create heating up the planet and causing climate change among other environmental issues. Extreme weather is one of the main side effects of this damage and scientists fear that the results of climate change are becoming reality sooner than expected.
This new evidence of extreme heat and humidity has caused scientists to believe that in 50 years between 1 and 3 million people could be living in temperatures that are not fit for humans. Who knows that the future holds for our planet!