Heatwaves are prolonged periods of excessively hot weather, often accompanied by high humidity. They can have severe health impacts and are exacerbated by climate change.
Heatwaves result from factors such as high-pressure systems, lack of cloud cover, and the absence of cooling winds, trapping heat in a region.
Urban areas may experience more intense heatwaves due to the urban heat island effect, where concrete and asphalt absorb and retain heat.
Heatwaves pose health risks, including heat exhaustion and heatstroke, especially for vulnerable populations such as the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions.
Prolonged heatwaves contribute to dry conditions, increasing the risk of wildfires as vegetation becomes more susceptible to ignition.
Climate change amplifies the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, including hurricanes, tornadoes, and heatwaves, due to shifts in atmospheric and oceanic conditions.
Mitigating the impacts of extreme weather events involves both global efforts to address climate change and local strategies for preparedness and resilience.
Advances in meteorological technology and scientific monitoring help predict and track hurricanes, tornadoes, and heatwaves, providing early warnings and enabling preparedness measures.
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