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Examining global heat records that have been shattered – WWLP

Heat Records Broken Around the World in 2024

Las Vegas, Nevada Sets Record High Temperature of 120 Degrees Fahrenheit

Las Vegas, Nevada, known for its scorching summers, has once again made headlines for its record-breaking heat. On Sunday, the city reached a sweltering 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48.0 degrees Celsius) for the first time in history. This temperature shattered the previous record of 117 degrees Fahrenheit (47.2 degrees Celsius) set in 2017.

Randall Cerveny, a professor at Arizona State University, described the extreme heat as feeling like “a blanket of just hotness that is enveloping you.” He emphasized that such high temperatures are not only uncomfortable but also life-threatening, as many people are unprepared for such intense heatwaves.

This year has seen a number of heat records broken worldwide, with temperatures in places like India, the Middle East, and the U.S. Southwest reaching unprecedented levels. According to Cerveny, these record-breaking temperatures are a clear indication of human-induced climate change.

In addition to Las Vegas, other locations in the United States have also experienced record heat this year. Morrisville, North Carolina, saw temperatures soar to 105.98 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius), breaking the previous record set in 2012. Similarly, Agness, Oregon, set a new record of 114.98 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 degrees Celsius), surpassing the previous record set in 1998.

From California to Egypt to Australia, cities around the world have seen temperature records shattered in 2024. The severity of these heatwaves serves as a stark reminder of the urgent need to address climate change and its impact on our planet.

As global temperatures continue to rise, it is more important than ever to take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the effects of climate change. The extreme heat seen in Las Vegas and beyond is a clear signal that the time to act is now.

Stay tuned for more updates on the latest weather trends and climate-related news.

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