The Earth has experienced ‘one of the most intense heat events ever seen’ as temperature records worldwide have been shattered by an unusual global heatwave in June and July. The map shows how cities across the Northern Hemisphere witnessed extreme temperatures, with records breaking in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Parts of Britain have experienced nearly two months without rain and extremely high temperatures, causing our green and pleasant land to become a brown and barren one. Much of northern Europe is in the grip of a heatwave that has left farmers facing drought and has led to crops withering and animals being slaughtered because of lack of hay to feed them. Sweden has experienced its highest temperatures for a century and more than 50 wildfires have been reported above the Arctic Circle. Wild fires in Greece have killed at least 60 people near Athens causing people to jump into the sea to save themselves.
A large area of south west USA including Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico is under the most severe category of drought, and extreme conditions are present from California to Missouri, government analysts say. Parts of the region have witnessed some of the driest conditions on record, amid a cycle of high temperatures and low snowmelt that appears to be getting worse. The dry conditions have fed wildfires that have destroyed forests and buildings across the West.
In the Middle-Eastern nation of Oman, the lowest temperature for 24 hours on June 28 was 108.7°F (42.6°C) in the coastal city of Quriyat’s. These fantastic numbers come after Pakistan posted the hottest temperature ever seen on Earth (50.2C, 122.4F). Iraq has seen riots in the south of the country as water runs out and basic services are cut. Under temperatures of 48 degrees or more, Basra’s overloaded grid has buckled under the strain of so many people reaching for fans and air conditioners and the area’s water supply, fed by the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, dries up. Neighbouring Iran has also experienced extreme heat, affecting nearly half its wetlands as scores of lakes, rivers, and marshlands, dry up, including the Zayandeh Rood River which flows through the historic capital of Persia, Isfahan. The water crisis in Iran is leading to political unrest.
A severe heatwave in Japan has caused at least 30 deaths and more than 12,000 people to be hospitalised. Temperatures reached 40.7 C (105 F) in central Japan in mid July and the scorching weather shows no sign of easing.
While an isolated heatwave can be put down as an anomaly, the scale of this phenomenon points to global warming as the culprit, scientists have claimed. Nebraska-based meteorologist Nick Humphrey said the extreme spell of hot weather shown in the maps amounted to ‘a true roasting’. ‘It is absolutely incredible and really one of the most intense heat events I’ve ever seen for so far north,’ he said. Humphrey expressed his concerns over high temperatures at two specific locations in Northern Siberia, along the coast of the Arctic Ocean. Computer model analyses showed that temperatures soared 20°C (40°F) above normal on July 5, to over 30°C (90°F), what he describes as a ‘true roasting’ for this area. Speeding up of warming over the Arctic area is causing a number of changes which effect the whole climate, resulting in loss of sea ice and more rapid destruction of land permafrost. This in turn causes more warming of the area and changes in the direction of the jet stream, leading to both extreme heat and extreme cold as has already happened this year.
Bible prophecy also warns of extreme heat and destruction of the environment as a feature of the great tribulation period:
‘The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; The earth is also defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.’ Isaiah 24.4-6
The first angel sounded: And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth. And a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. Revelation 8.7
Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun and power was given to him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues and they did not repent and give Him glory. Revelation 16.8-9.