Number of hot day (>50C) double over the last decade


A global BBC analysis found that the total number of hot days across the world has doubled since the 1980s.


With more areas susceptible to these high heat days, the challenges to civilization, ways of life and human health are now reaching unprecedented levels. As the IPCC mentions and the BBC affirms, the number of hot days (where the heat reaches 50 degrees Celsius or 122 degrees Fahrenheit) have increased in each of the three decades from 1980 onwards. While the number between 1980 and 2009 was 14 a year, over the last ten years, it rose to 26 days a year.


Dr. Friedrike Otto, associate director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford says that this increase can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuel. While hitherto, there has been much talk and little action to break out of our current societal framework that has on the one side been built on fossil fuel and on the other habituated  most human beings to its continued use, scientists and opinion makers are both now on one side, urging the world leaders to exercise a global will towards righting the wrong and reducing ever increasing massive impact climate events.

BBC graphic runner on number of hot days

Animation courtesy of the BBC

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