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Heatwaves: A sign of things to come

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

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

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe