Imagine a history of disaster repeating itself. And that too, a natural one. It was a summer of 2003, a heat wave killed between 22,000 and 35,000 people in five European countries. Temperatures soared to 104 degrees Fahrenheit in Paris, and London recorded its first triple-digit Fahrenheit temperature in history. No, not again in Europe. A similar phenomenon if struck the US, the results would be disastrous, a new study suggests.
What would happen if a comparable extreme-heat event settled on five major US cities?
Researchers fear that it would not only create massive blackouts across the countries, but can also kill thousands of people. In New York alone, the number of deaths would increase to nearly 3,000 in a single summer. History shows that heat waves are deadlier than hurricanes or tornadoes. Extreme weather events will become more common with global warming, studies indicated.
Via: Fox News