What’s behind this summer’s extreme weather? | News | Eco-Business | Asia Pacific
This summer will be remembered for its record-breaking heatwaves and other extreme weather events around the world that have resulted in thousands of deaths. For some people, it’s also the moment they accepted that extreme heat will become more common as the climate changes.
A summer of extremes
In China, the global heatwave has broken records in Beijing where temperatures reached 39 degrees Celsius, the hottest in 50 years.
Meanwhile, in north-west China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, more than 5,200 residents were evacuated after torrential rain battered Helan Mountain from July 22 onwards.
In Greece this week, wildfires killed over 80 people. The incredibly dry summer turned brushwood and cones to tinder. Gale force winds up to 124 kilometres per hour fanned the flames, such that they were “changing direction on a minute-by-minute basis”.