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.