New study: ‘Super heat waves’ of 131°F coming if global warming continues unchecked — By Joe Romm on Global Possibilities org

In Europe, the recent heat wave was so extreme — with temperatures reaching 111°F (44°C), fueling wildfires and wasp attacks — it was nicknamed “Lucifer.” In the Middle East, as temperatures soared to 121°F (50°C), “birds in Kuwait have reportedly been dropping from the sky,” the International Business Times reported Friday.

But, new research says, we ain’t seen nothing yet. A new study by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the European Union’s science and research lab, finds that “if global temperatures rise with 4°C [7°F], a new super heat wave of 55°C [131°F] can hit regularly many parts of the world, including Europe” and the United States.

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CREDIT: NOAA/NWS

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Europe’s heat wave, Lucifer, has already exceeded 104°F (40°C) in many countries and reached as high as 111°F (44°C) in southern Spain (without even factoring in humidity). The UK Sun reported that “hospital admissions have spiked 15-20 percent in Italy, where at least three people have died.” Wildfires fueled by Lucifer have swept across Southern Europe. Crops in many countries are expected to be severely damaged. Romanian media reported that there have been dozens of wasp attacks in recent weeks, and “due to the heat, they became very aggressive and dangerous.”

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