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5 numbers to know about the coming heat wave

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read


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🗞️ Driving the news: This week, a severe heat wave is expected to affect millions across the eastern half of the United States
• Starting Sunday, high temperatures will first hit the South, then spread to the Midwest and the East Coast

🔭 The context: The National Weather Service has issued extreme heat advisories for over 22 million people
• This early summer heat wave is predicted to set numerous temperature records, particularly in the northeastern U.S.

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This heat wave highlights the intensifying impact of climate change on weather patterns
• Prolonged high temperatures exacerbate health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations

⏭️ What's next: The heat wave is expected to persist through the week, affecting cities like Pittsburgh, which may experience its highest June temperatures ever recorded
• The new HeatRisk scale aims to better communicate the health dangers associated with extreme heat

💬 One quote: “At this point, it’s almost trivial to say that climate change has intensified heat waves like the one that is about to occur,” said Dr. Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA

📈 One stat: 22.6 million people were under extreme heat advisories as of Saturday, underscoring the widespread impact of this event

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