Opinion

Monday 23 July 2018

It isn't just us: the whole northern hemisphere is sweltering too

Record temperatures across the northern hemisphere indicate global warming, writes Jason Samenow

Overheating: Damage caused by fires in the Slieve Bloom mountain range, Co Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Overheating: Damage caused by fires in the Slieve Bloom mountain range, Co Laois. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Jason Samenow

From the normally mild summer climes of Ireland, Scotland and Canada to the scorching Middle East, numerous locations in the northern hemisphere witnessed their hottest weather ever recorded last week.

Large areas of heat pressure or 'heat domes' scattered around the hemisphere led to the sweltering temperatures in many areas.

No single record, in isolation, can be attributed to global warming. But collectively these heat records are consistent with the kind of extremes we expect to see increase in a warming world.

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