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2021 already showing signs of brutal summer heatwave worldwide Updated: 2021-06-18 10:30:41 KST

California's Death Valley hit a whopping 54 degrees Celsius on Wednesday.

"This is early to have this much of a heatwave. It's happened before, but it's not that common."

NBC reports roughly 200 million Americans are forecast to see temperatures 32 degrees and above this week.
Nevada and Arizona, where excessive heat warnings are in place, could reach 51 and 53 degrees each.
The rest of California, even cities along the coast, are getting overheated and the state's worried it may lead to more wildfires and electrical grid failures.

"It's scorching. Thank god for a little bit of AC we get from the ocean. If it wasn't for that, man, it would be terrible. But it's really bad and we've got to find ways to get out of the house, you know"

The situation's complicated by severe droughts, a problem three fourths of the American West is experiencing, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
It's not much different across the globe in Russia.
Wildfires are being reported in Siberia and in May, Moscow saw daily temperatures hover above 30 degrees abnormally warm weather not seen in over 120 years.
Meanwhile, the Middle East is reporting heatwaves one month ahead of schedule.
The mercury climbed above 50 degrees in at least four countries, including Iran, Kuwait, Oman, and the United Arab Emirates in early June.
Meteorologists are attributing the region's extreme heat to a so-called "heat dome", where high pressure in the atmosphere traps warm air as it rises before pushing it back towards the planet's surface.
Han Seong-woo, Arirang News.
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