Egypt Heat Wave Kills More As Global Warming Strikes

Update August 16: The Egypt heat wave death toll soars as record global warming trend sweeps the Eastern Hemisphere from Japan to Britain. The figures released Sunday by the Egypt Health Ministry tallied the number of deaths from the heat at 95, with 1,914 seeking emergency assistance for heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

On Saturday, Egypt’s heat wave stifled Cairo as afternoon temperatures topped 107.6 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius). Today, meteorologists forecast a killing 114 degrees Fahrenheit (45.5 degrees Celsius), adjusted to include high humidity factors on the heat index. These temperature readings are measured in a shaded area. In direct sunlight, the actual climate temperatures are as much as 30 degrees higher. On this sixth day of unseasonably high temperatures in Egypt, forecasters predict even higher readings tomorrow.

On August 10, the Egypt heat wave registered temperatures of 116.6 degrees Fahrenheit (47 degrees Celsius) in Cairo. The Egypt heat wave is part of a record breaking summer of sizzling heat which has claimed thousands of lives. Global warming believers see this as increasing proof that the temperature of planet Earth is dangerously on the rise.

Satellite photo map of summer 2015 heat wave
Map of record temperatures in Eastern Hemisphere during summer of 2015 (Photo credit: derivative of satellite photo from gutenberg-e.org)

On August 7, thousands protested in the streets of Baghdad as electrical power failed amid temperatures soaring to 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). The city of Bandar Mahshahr, Iran, hit a deadly 165 degrees Fahrenheit (73.8 degrees Celsius) – factoring in humidity on the heat index – and won the record for the second highest temperature ever recorded on Earth.

In India, asphalt roads melted into tar pits as the heat wave killed more than 2,330. Tens of thousands were hospitalized for heat strokes.

As the heat wave swept through Pakistan in June, 1,233 died in Karachi alone and 65,000 people were hospitalized. This is a city which, on a normal summer day, has power outages lasting up to 20 hours and only intermittent running water in some parts of the greater metropolitan area. The shortage of electricity and water was blamed for most of the deaths during the heat.

The end-of-summer Egypt heat wave causes growing concern that the summer of 2015 is not just part of random coincidence, but rather an indication of extreme climate change. Using mathematical projections, climate scientists at NASA released a grim map forecasting global temperatures in the year 2100. If these predictions are correct, many densely populated regions will become uninhabitable.

NASA heat forecast for the year 2100

It is not only the earth’s land that is sweltering this summer. Record high temperatures have been recorded in all ocean basins. Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are currently tracking a monster El Niño weather storm building in the Pacific Ocean due to excessively high water temperatures.

NOAA images of the developing 2015 El Niño as compared to one in 1997

The Egypt heat wave is predicted to continue until the end of August. All areas throughout the world which experienced record heat levels, just weeks before harvest, have crops and livestock dead in the fields. This indicates a somber forecast of food shortages this winter.