Punishing Heat Wave Sets Records Across Asia

Some scientists remain cautious about attributing partial blame to climate change for the current spike in temperatures, as the time frame represents a relatively limited chunk of data

61034D78-6B83-4FFB-8879-01367B0130B3_w640_r1_sbRecord-high temperatures and severe drought are causing misery for hundreds of millions of people in Asia.

“In Southeast Asia this heat wave joins the historical ones of 1960, 1983 and 1998, but as for duration, intensity and affected area it is definitely the strongest heat wave for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia,” said Maximiliano Herrera, a prominent climatologist who investigates world temperature records.