The world has been experiencing extreme heatwaves in various parts. These heatwaves are having a significant impact on both the environment and human populations. High temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses, particularly in vulnerable populations, such as the elderly and the young children.

In recent years, there has been an increase in the frequency and intensity of heatwaves, which has been attributed to climate change. Rising global temperatures, changes in weather patterns, and other environmental factors have all contributed to the heightened risk of heatwaves. As a result, there is a growing need for proactive measures to mitigate the impacts of extreme heat events.

Efforts to address heatwaves include developing heat action plans that outline strategies for reducing heat-related illnesses and deaths during extreme temperatures. These plans often involve public health initiatives, such as providing cooling centres and distributing information on staying safe in hot weather.

Additionally, urban planning and design can play a crucial role in reducing the impacts of heatwaves, such as incorporating green spaces and minimising heat-absorbing surfaces. It is crucial for governments, communities, and individuals to take heatwaves seriously and work together to implement measures that can help minimise the impacts of extreme heat events.

By prioritising public health and environmental resilience, it is possible to build more adaptive and sustainable communities in the face of the changing climate.

Jubel D’Cruz,