44°C / 111°F in Vietnam is an indication of the top instances of local weather change – watts extra with it?
Essay by Eric Worrall
In Australia and certainly in parts of the USA too, we call temperatures above 100 a warm summer day. But that hasn’t stopped the BBC from spooking its audience with some warm weather.
Climate change: Vietnam records the highest temperature ever at 44.1 °C
Vietnam has recorded its highest temperature on record at just over 44°C (111°F) – experts predict it would soon be surpassed due to climate change.
The record was set in northern Thanh Hoa province, where officials warned people to stay indoors during the hottest times of the day.
Other countries in the region have also experienced extremely hot weather.
Thailand reported a record 44.6C in its western province of Mak.
Meanwhile, Myanmar media reported that a town in the east had recorded 43.8C, the highest temperature in a decade.
Both countries experience hot spells before the monsoon season, but the intensity of the heat has broken previous records.
In Hanoi, climate change expert Nguyen Ngoc Huy told AFP Vietnam’s new record was “worrying given the context of climate change and global warming”.
“I believe this record will be repeated many times,” he said. “It confirms that extreme climate models have proven to be true.”
Read more: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-65518528
Britain is a cold country, the UK MET defines temperatures above around 28°C / 82°F as a heatwave – allowing the BBC to write plenty of scary stories when a warm part of the world is experiencing summer heat.
Are such temperatures dangerous? Sure if you’re old or infirm – but even in hot countries like India far more people die from the cold than from the heat.
Most people can tolerate and work in very hot and humid conditions for long periods of time provided you give yourself a few months to gradually adjust to it and provided you stay well hydrated.
I know that from my own experience. As a teenager, I worked in a poorly ventilated factory with a tin roof. During the Melbourne summer, the temperature in the workshop sometimes exceeded 130F. Because of the leaky hydraulic presses and the copious amounts of steam released when rubber and plastic were cooked, large clouds of steam were always floating through the workshop and condensing on anything cold, such as a car. B. Cans of soft drinks.
I don’t know what the net bulb temperature was at that factory, but I suspect that according to climate alarmists, we should all have been dead – except we weren’t dead. Everyone was fine. And the rest of the workers weren’t all teenagers. At the stations next to me was a bunch of older, chain-smoking Eastern Europeans, a little further on was a smoking hot pregnant Samoan, and the rest was a mixed bag of people of all ages.
The management was a bit concerned at times, on really hot days they would tour the factory floor and bring us rehydration drinks every 5 minutes which I thought was nice. We definitely needed them.
One benefit of working in such extreme conditions: When I went outside after work in the 110F heat, it was like a cold draft. I felt cool and comfortable – no stress from outdoor heat waves.
So when I read reports from scientists or journalists who spend most of their time in air-conditioned offices about what a serious health threat 110F is, let’s say I find such claims unconvincing. And I guess most people who have ever worked in a factory or bakery think the same way.