It's worth pointing out that while most of the attention regarding the heatwave is going to be on the record breaking highs next week what matters arguably more in terms of human health is the fact that the overnight lows are also going to be high. /1
Many people can handle temporary high temperatures (small children, the elderly and people on certain medications are more sensitive), but being in heat all day is physically taxing. The body needs a rest and in the past that used to come with overnight lows. /2
This is why in the old days before AC (which to be clear people still died), people dealt with the heat by sleeping outside. The pics are from the Nebraska state capitol and a NYC fire escape respectively /3 people lseeping at nebraska state capitolpeople sleeping on fire escapes
But sleeping outside is of minimal utility when the night time lows are as high what used to be the daytime highs.

One of the climate change truisms is that "cold things are warming fastest" so the arctic faster than the equator, nights faster than days. /4
A thing that made the European heatwave of 2003 so deadly in Paris in particular is partly that it was an elderly population in the city (a lot of people fled for summer holidays) and also b/c the buildings were designed to shed heat at night /5

insideclimatenews.org/news/08072016/…
The thick stone walls that are all over paris absorb heat during the day keeping the inside cool, and shed the heat at night into the atmosphere. In 2003 that didn't happen because the nights didn't substantially cool. The homes became ovens. /6
Paris has had heatwaves as bad since (iirc 2010 ) but lower death tolls because of policies, procedures, and yes more A/Cs.

Eric Klinenberg gets into thesocial determinants of death if you will in his really good book on the Chicago heatwave /7

press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book…
The big take away is the poorest neighborhoods didn't *automatically* have the highest death tools. Some poor, Black, communities had lower death tolls than affluent white communities because the social cohesion and looking out for one another kept them safe. /8
The neighborhoods that really suffered were the ones that had been structurally stripped of resources such that the social fabric fell apart. People died with apartment windows shut because they were afraid of opening them because they didn't trust their neighbors / 9
There are things that we need to do socially, politically and infrastructurally (let me have this word) to adapt to a warmer world. But what's going to get a lot of people through this heatwave is looking out for each other. Check in on people even people you don't know well /10
If you have a/c and can let someone without a/c sleep over (covid caution etc) offer it. Don't let them ask. It can save their lives. They don't need to live at your place, remember the body can handle heat as long as it's given a break offer up breaks. /11
Also it is I, a climate reporter, telling you it is a-ok to run the A/C (ideally at 78-81F). AC at higher temps + fan to circulate air works really well! Familiarize yourself with cooling centers etc. Recognize the symptoms of heat stroke. / end
cdc.gov/disasters/extr…
One more thing: outdoor workers. I don't really have anything to say here beyond they are at really high increased risk and that includes farm workers, construction workers, and fire fighters. Dropping this farm worker link from NRDC

nrdc.org/experts/teniop…
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