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Heatwaves: A sign of things to come

Last month's heatwave occurred on a global scale, resulting in record high temperatures from Africa to Asia

The Carr Fire raging near Whiskeytown in California last Friday. The state has also seen power shortages as record heat resulted in a surge in demand for air-conditioners.
The Carr Fire raging near Whiskeytown in California last Friday. The state has also seen power shortages as record heat resulted in a surge in demand for air-conditioners.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

Record high temperatures were set across much of South-east Asia and the world last month, as an unusually prolonged and broad heatwave intensifies concerns about climate change.

A heatwave is a period of excessively hot weather, which may be accompanied by high humidity, especially in oceanic climate countries. It occurs when a system of high atmospheric pressure moves into an area.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 02, 2018, with the headline 'Heatwaves: A sign of things to come'. Subscribe