Another day, another temperature record broken, this latest in Japan!

The temperature rose to a record 41.1C (106 Fahrenheit) in a city north-west of Tokyo on Monday (in Saitama prefecture )…Central Tokyoreached 39C on Monday, which “feels like” 43C when taking into account other factors such as humidity. Across Japan, dozens of people have died from heat-related conditions over the past two weeks and thousands have been taken to hospital.

In early July eastern Canada more than 90 people are now suspected to have died from the  heat wave in Quebec.

Last week a number of records were set around the world from Europe to Africa — Taiwan, Algeria, Oman, the Krasnoyarsk region in Russia, the Burbank and Van Nuys airports in CA and in Montreal. 

“What’s unusual is the hemispheric scale of the heatwave,” said Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Pennsylvania State University. “It’s not just the magnitude in any one location but that high temperatures are being seen over such a large area.”

And there’s more… Temperatures soared into the nineties Fahrenheit north of the Arctic Circle

Lapland (Sápmi), the region of northern Scandinavia famed for its reindeer and often associated with Christmas. In contrast to that wintry reputation, Sweden is now grappling with an onslaught of wildfires unprecedented in modern times…The heat across Scandinavia is being driven by a large, strong upper-level high parked over the region. The persistent high pressure has also fed unusually warm, dry conditions across the British Islands, where several all-time heat records were broken