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Heat Wave Sweeps Across Northern Hemisphere, Some People Are Already Dying

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Many regions in the Northern Hemisphere are breaking their highest temperature records in years due to the sweltering heat wave sweeping the world since June.

Experts reported on July 6 the heat wave resulted from a high-pressure dome or heat dome that developed over the Eurasian region that reached as far north as southern Russia. The former Soviet Union hit a temperature record high on June 28.

The normally cold temperatures in Ireland, Scotland, and Canada succumbed to the persistent heat. In Northern Siberia, along with the coast of the Arctic Ocean, experts reported extreme humid temperatures of up to 40 degrees Fahrenheit above normal on July 5, to more than 90 degrees.

Elsewhere, several other places were showing extraordinary temperatures as well. Denver hit an all-time high-temperature record of 105 degrees in the last leg of June. Montreal, Canada reached its highest temperature for the first time in 147 years at 97.9 degrees on July 2. 

Meanwhile, on June 28, Quriyat, Oman recorded the hottest low temperature across the world at 109 degrees.

Deaths In Quebec, Canada

About 33 people already died in Quebec as of July 5 as temperatures reached to as hot as 95 degrees, according to several local reports. According to local officials, most of those who died were men aged 53 to 85 who were living alone in roasting apartments located in densely populated neighborhoods.

Their apartments also had no air conditioning. Most of them lived on the upper floors of the apartment building. Some of them also had health issues, such as schizophrenia or heart disease.

A local official said he is expecting death tolls to climb in the coming days as more health workers report from their designated regions.

Canadian officials were also blaming the heat waves on climate change and said the condition could become worst in the future as global warming continues.

Suspected Health-Related Deaths In The US

In the country, weather experts had been reporting about heat building up on the western side, triggering wildlife concerns across the region.

There have also been reports of several heat-related deaths. A woman died of cardiac arrest because of the humid temperature in Pennsylvania. She died while outside gardening.

A 30-year-old man collapsed while participating in a running race in Wilmington, New York. The man died at the hospital. His final internal temperature reached 108 degrees. The temperature damaged his brain which probably resulted in his death.

In Kansas City, Missouri, an 80-year-old man and a woman in her 40s also died. Officials suspected that the cause of deaths were heat-related. Investigations surrounding their deaths are still ongoing.

Worst Power Outages In Eurasia

Iran and the Caucasus nations of Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Georgia have experienced their worst power shortages because of the hot temperatures.

Iran recorded its hottest July temperature at 127 degrees. The use of air conditioning caused a power surge as high as 56,672 megawatts that officials said is a historical high in the country. Power shortages became widespread, Tehran had to change its work hours to save electricity. 

A thermal power plant exploded in Azerbaijani, marking the worst power outage since its independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. The temperatures soared at 109 degrees.

Melting Roofs In Europe

Scotland reached an average temperature record of around 87 to 89 degrees in the last week of June. June 28 became the hottest day in Scotland for the last 23 years.

The supposedly "weatherproof" membrane roof on Glasgow Science Center melted, resulting to dripping black "goo" down the building.

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