Little relief as record temperatures sizzle around the world

A heat wave does not loosen its grip on the globe.

Phoenix broke its own scorching streak of days, southern Europeans and millions vacationing there roasted in near-record temperatures, while parts of the Middle East tested the limits of what the human body is capable of withstanding.

Parts of southern Europe have also caught fire, with raging wildfires in Greece forcing evacuations and motorway closures this week. People returned home on Tuesday when a fire finally receded after spending the night on beaches, hotels and public establishments.

The heat is expected to get even worse over the next few days.

Around the world, people sought shade and water to rest, including in Lebanon, Spain and Turkey, where even those used to high temperatures felt the summer was unusually sweltering.

There was also a slight relief in Israel, where people took to the beach in mermaid tails.

This month of June has been the hottest on record and July is expected to be even hotter. The world has been in uncharted warm territory for most of the month, according to the University of Maine’s Climate Reanalyzer.

Climate change due to the burning of coal, oil and natural gas is causing global warming, with the Earth’s average temperature about 2 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) higher than in pre-industrial times. This is causing more record heat and extreme weather events around the world.

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