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Central America among regions to experience record-breaking heat waves as planet warms

Posted: Saturday, April 29, 2023. 2:36 pm CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Due to climate change, heat waves have become more common, dangerous and deadlier.

A new study by British researchers found that Central America and Afghanistan are among parts of the world most likely to be crucially affected by the heat waves.

The research noted that often, regions are only prepared for events as extreme as they have already experienced, with planning initiated by past disasters.

“Policymakers and governments need to prepare for events beyond current records – particularly with trends caused by anthropogenic climate change enhancing the probability of extremes,” the research said.

The study also noted that some regions of the world that have not yet experienced severe heat waves are more susceptible to them, because they are not likely to be prepared. They are also more likely to experience record-breaking heat because their records are lower.

The Hill reports that the study cited Central American nations of Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama.

This is because climate trends are showing an increase in heat records.

Researchers also warned that countries all over the world should be prepared for an extreme heat event at any time.

 

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