According to a global BBC analysis, the number of days when the temperature reaches 50C has doubled since the 1980s.
As well as occurring more frequently, these temperatures are being reported in more areas around the world than ever before.
Between the years 1980 and 2009, temperatures surpassed 50C approximately 14 days a year, while between the years 2010 to 2019, temperatures surpassed 50C 26 days a year.
During the same period, temperatures over 45C occurred on average an extra two weeks a year.
Associate Director of the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford Dr. Friederike Otto stated, “The increase can be 100% attributed to the burning of fossil fuels,”.
With temperatures surpassing 50C more frequently and in more areas, concerns grow over the challenges that will be presented by such temperatures, as high heat can have detrimental effects on our health as well as infrastructures such as roads, buildings and power systems.
With record-breaking temperatures of 48.8C being reported in Italy and 49.6C in Canada this summer, scientists have warned that these days will occur more frequently and particularly in more areas if fossil fuel emissions are not cut.