In Pictures: Unprecedented Heat Wave Sweeps Across Globe

by Chloe Baker
Global Heatwave

This week witnessed several new unofficial highs in daily global temperatures, based on a certain index, forcing societies worldwide to adopt extreme actions to counter the heat.

Work in Beijing was suspended this week due to the string of days where the mercury crossed 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).

As the temperature hit 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) – feeling like 38 degrees (100 degrees Fahrenheit) due to humidity, the city of North Grenville, Ontario, turned hockey rinks into cooling facilities.

Construction worker Fernando Padilla was seen wiping sweat off his face while working under the intense heat, Friday, June 30, 2023, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/George Walker IV)


Moreover, the National Weather Service in the U.S. issued heat advisories across a significant portion of the mainland U.S. They reported several heat-related hospital admissions in Austin and San Antonio, Texas, and recorded new temperature records in cities like Portland, Oregon, Tampa, Florida, and El Paso, Texas.

People in Ukraine, Turkey, and Spain found relief by jumping into bodies of water. In Rome, tourists and a man in Manila used umbrellas to protect themselves from the harsh sun. A security guard in Beijing and a construction worker in Nashville were seen wiping sweat off their faces on days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

Climate scientists have warned the AP that this record-breaking heat is expected to continue due to ongoing global warming. Stanford University climate scientist Chris Field, referring to the recent record global temperatures, stated, “A record like this is another piece of evidence for the now massively supported proposition that global warming is pushing us into a hotter future.”

People were seen relishing high tide waves on the Arabian Sea coast in Mumbai, India, on Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

A man in Kashmir cooled off at a stream on a scorching summer day in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, July 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)


A man was seen diving into the water from a platform at the Tranco reservoir near Beas de Segura, Jaen, in southern Spain, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Paul White)

A woman in Halifax, Nova Scotia, was seen carrying her dog through a water fountain on the Halifax waterfront, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

A woman used a fan to cool a child on a bench at Qianmen pedestrian shopping street on a hot day in Beijing, Thursday, June 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

A woman was seen cooling her children with a water hose during a heat wave in the al Fadhil neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

An Indian man stood at the door of his house as high tide waves hit the huts on the shore of the Arabian Sea in Mumbai, India, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

A boy used a national flag for shade as visitors queued to enter the Forbidden City on a blistering day in Beijing, Friday, July 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Tourists were seen taking shelter under umbrellas and enjoying ice cream on a hot summer day at Rome’s Spanish Steps Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Lucas Harrington, age 7, was seen cooling off in a mister at Kauffman Stadium as temperatures neared 100 degrees fahrenheit before a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Guardians, Wednesday, June 28, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Yonny Hernandez was seen warming up before a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Friday, June 30, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Visitors were seen wearing sun hats and carrying umbrellas as they left the Forbidden City on a hot day in Beijing, Thursday, June 29, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

With the city skyline and Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, in the background, people were seen enjoying swimming in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Wednesday, July 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

A security guard was seen wiping sweat off his neck with an electric fan on a hot day in Beijing, Monday, July 3, 2023. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

An Iraqi woman was seen fanning her child during a power outage at their home in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, July, 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban)

The San Antonio Fire spread uphill west of Petaluma, Ca., Friday, June 30, 2023. California was in the grip of a heat wave over the long Fourth of July weekend. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)

A man was seen using an umbrella for protection against the afternoon sun in Manila, Philippines on Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Zoologist Kris Marshall was seen using a water canon to help an elephant keep cool from the heat at the Dallas Zoo in Dallas, Friday, June 30, 2023. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Youngsters were seen diving into the Bosphorus next to Karakoy ferry terminal on a hot summer day in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, July 6, 2023. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

A Kashmiri man was seen cooling off at a stream on a hot summer day on the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, July 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Global Heatwave

What record-breaking event occurred globally this week?

Unofficial daily global temperature records were broken multiple times this week, according to at least one metric.

What measures are being taken to beat the heat worldwide?

Work stoppages in high heat areas, repurposing facilities such as hockey rinks into cooling centers, and issuing heat advisories are some of the measures taken by communities globally.

What has the National Weather Service in the U.S. reported about the heat?

The National Weather Service in the U.S. has issued heat advisories across a large portion of the mainland U.S., reported several heat-related hospital admissions, and recorded new temperature records in various cities.

What are climate scientists predicting about the future?

Climate scientists predict that the record-setting heat is poised to continue as global warming persists.

Who is supporting Big Big News’ coverage on climate and environment?

Several private foundations are supporting Big Big News’ coverage on climate and environment.

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MarkfromTexas July 8, 2023 - 5:42 am

we hit 105 F in Austin this week, never been this hot before. What the hell’s goin on?

ClimateWarrior27 July 8, 2023 - 10:39 am

People still think global warming’s a hoax? Wake up, world! This is just the start.

NashvilleCowboy July 8, 2023 - 11:37 am

Workin in this heat’s brutal. Stay hydrated folks, its a scorcher out there.

SnowLover July 8, 2023 - 1:56 pm

Really missing the winter right now 🙁

EcoWarrior_101 July 8, 2023 - 3:20 pm

The heatwaves are only gonna get worse. We need to act now to fight climate change, or else…!

Canadian_Hockeyfan July 8, 2023 - 5:26 pm

turning hockey rinks into cooling centres? As a canadian, i never thought id see the day!

JayRodriguez July 8, 2023 - 8:40 pm

wow, its crazy hot everywhere! Stay safe peeps.

SunshineBeachBum July 8, 2023 - 8:58 pm

Finally, perfect beach weather! Just remember your sunscreen, folks.


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