Summer temperatures bring scorching heat across the nation (includes video story)

Summer is typically a time for people to enjoy outdoor activities, swim and indulge in refreshing treats. However, beneath the allure of summer fun, a harsh reality has emerged this year: scorching temperatures that are gripping the entire nation.

“We are now in the summer season of severe weather events,” said FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell.

Heat records have been broken in multiple Texas cities this week, causing worries about the strain on the power grid. Moreover, most states are expected to experience above-average temperatures this summer, with even the Midwest facing alarming ocean warmth.

“Some fish simply aren’t built to handle excessive heat, and when the water gets too hot, they die,” said Nathan Nye, a biologist from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

With the convergence of El Niño and climate change, experts anticipate more heat records in the next two years.

“Countries can prepare for potentially upcoming drought or an increased risk of drought or increased risk for flooding,” said Tom Di Liberto, a meteorologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Layan Abu Tarboush is a digital broadcasting major at FIU, currently pursuing a minor in International Relations. As an international student from Jordan, Layan is fluent in both Arabic and English and has a deep interest in reporting on Middle Eastern affairs. Layan takes pride in being multicultural with great exposure from the East and West.