Yes, it’s uncomfortably hot here in the Bay Area — but these places are somehow worse


OK. So maybe “brutal” doesn’t describe this week’s above-normal temperatures scorching the Bay Area. “Brutal” was what we went through back in June when a heat wave set record highs from King City up to Kentfield.

To be sure, the high temperatures forecast for the Bay Area can cause misery — a heat advisory has been issued for Wednesday and Thursday in the interior parts of the region — and residents should take care not to overheat.

However, let’s take a look at all the truly and hellishly hot places around the world this week where issuing a heat advisory would be like putting a bandage on a chain-saw wound.

Pants-on-fire Phoenix

If you plan on having lunch Wednesday in Phoenix, find a cave. According to, it’s 98 degrees as of 10 a.m., and at 3 p.m. it’ll be 111. Don’t ask. We don’t make up the news – we just report it. And this Excessive Heat Warning is dead serious. The New York Times over the weekend reported on how that kind of heat is fundamentally altering Arizonans’ daily routines: Hikers set out for Piestewa Peak, for example, not at the crack of dawn — but at the crack of dusk. “Phoenix, which had 128 days at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit last year, is one of the hottest and fastest-warming cities in the United States,” according to the report.

Japan’s heat wave rides in on a wall of water

The Asahi Shimbun reports that a strong typhoon is likely to strike western Japan this week, moving landward from the southern sea of Japan and gathering strength as it moves north. So, you’re thinking water and wind, right? Meteorologists in Japan say that that those typhoon conditions, including stormy weather, high waves, torrential rains, landslides and flooding due to rivers overflowing, are just the first few dishes in a meteorological smorgasbord that will include, yup, a “potentially deadly heat wave across the country,” according to a report in the Shimbun. “The daytime high on the 13th is expected to be” in the 90s in Tottori Prefecture, it says. “For the Kanto-Koshin region, a day of intense summer heat is forecast,” more 90s temperatures “likely in Tokyo as well as in Kanagawa, Saitama

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle


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