Emergency Cooling Centres in Toronto. Misting Stations in Ottawa. At least 17 heat related deaths in Quebec.
Highest ever recorded temperatures in… Glasgow, Belfast and Shannon. Also in Armenia, Southern Russia and Georgia.
Siberia over 20 degrees C hotter than recent norms, that are themselves above longer term norms.
And in the Middle East, Quriyat in Oman never got below 42.6 degrees at night – that’s a new global high never recorded before (a high low).
And we don’t have El Nino conditions boosting temperatures.
Take a step back, and Pakistan, Shanghai, Spain, Southern California and Iran all experienced highest ever temperatures at some point in the past 15 months. And, of course, there are other places to add to that list.
Know what? Someone should give Roy Castle* a bell, what with all these records we’re breaking. Or then again, seeing as how we’re achieving all this shit with such ease, maybe not. No time for back slapping or celebrating then. Gotta burn our way to work tomorrow and burn our way around town, before coming home and burning some more, because hell, we didn’t even manage to pump New Zealand so much as mere 0.5 degrees above the 1981- 2010 average for May (Though maybe we did better in June. We’ll just have to wait and see I guess).
* A much too obscure UK reference? Here’s a link.