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Kuwait – The government announced power cuts due to the heatwave

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Kuwait announced the introduction of scheduled power cuts. Due to the increasing heat, power plants are unable to meet the demand. The temperature has reached 50 degrees Celsius and, according to meteorologists, it will rise, Gulf News reported on Thursday.

– We are now experiencing results climate change – Kuwaiti astronomer Adel Al-Saadoun told reporters, noting that temperatures will exceed 50 degrees in the coming days. As Gulf News writes, the summer heat now lasts longer in the Persian Gulf and brings higher temperatures than before. Kuwaitone of the largest oil producers in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is considered one of the hottest countries in the world.

Heatwave in the world

In neighboring Saudi Arabia, where the annual Hajj pilgrimage is just ending, due to the heat over 900 people died, and this number may increase further, Reuters reported. A little further north, in the Mediterranean, heat has already sparked forest fires on the African coast and from Portugal after Greece – reported the American National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth Observatory. In Greece, before summer arrived, at least three tourists died due to the heat, local police reported.

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IN India, where the temperature exceeded 40 degrees for 37 consecutive days from mid-May, over 100 deaths and 40,000 cases of heat stroke were recorded. However, in the United States – according to the American Meteorological Service – warnings about high temperatures have already covered areas inhabited by 86 million people.

The waves will get stronger

According to an international team of scientists from the World Weather Attribution group, heat waves that would occur on average once a decade in a pre-industrial climate will now occur 2.8 times more often and will be 1.2 degrees Celsius hotter. The World Meteorological Organization estimates that there is an 86% probability that the record of 2023, which is considered the warmest in history, will be broken within the next five years. Scientists believe that if the world continues to emit greenhouse gases from burning fossil fuels, heatwaves will become more severe.

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