Incase you have not noticed... it's really really ridiculously hot out and I (and my hair) have had about enough of this heat wave. Not only do heat waves irritate people but they also can be very dangerous!
"Despite the common perception that hurricanes and tornadoes are the most dangerous weather event, heat waves kill more Americans than any other type of natural disaster."
The American Meteorological Society claims heat waves kill more than 1,000 people per year. Furthermore, because men sweat more than women, men are more susceptible to heat illness due to dehydration.
To put the icing on the cake, for those of you in urban cities you get to suffer the most! Why you ask? Well..
- Stagnant atmospheric conditions (including heat and moisture) trap pollutants. This adds unhealthy air to hot temperatures which results in possible health problems
- The "urban heat island effect": Asphalt and concrete store heat longer and gradually release heat at night. This means higher nighttime temperatures in urban areas.
So I think it is about time the heat wave chills out and we can resume our lives without planning our days around air conditioned homes and facilities.
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