Last week more than 125 million people in the US were living under heat warning and advisories and this week a second major heat wave is projected with more than 100 high temperatures records expected to be broken. And it's only June.

This year's early heat waves should come as no surprise. Across the US, the frequency of heat waves has increased steadily, from an average of two per year during the 1960s to six per year between 2010 and 2019. The duration of the average heat wave in major US urban areas has also increased. It is now about four days, one day longer than in the 1960s.

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