Hot weather envelopes the planet

Temperature anomalies (degrees Celsius) for January to June 2010. Red dots indicate warmer-than-average conditions, and blue dots indicate areas that were colder than average. Credit: NCDC/NESDIS/NOAA.

For denizens of the American Southwest and West, 100 degrees is just starting to get toasty. But for people in Moscow, with its first ever 100 degree readings, such weather can be life-threatening. They just have no experience in dealing with it. And the planet is certainly experiencing much hotter than normal weather now.

Interestingly, the article points out that studies show the average person believes more in global warming during heat waves than during cold snaps with partisans on both sides not budging in their views, although they may use the current weather to bolster their position.

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