The hottest Super Bowl on record is predicted – you can thank climate change

The hot ticket this next Sunday is for Super Bowl 56 – but it could be the case in more ways than one.

Record warm temperatures are forecast throughout the weekend in California with a rare winter heat advisory in effect for southern parts of the state.

The Super Bowl is scheduled to begin Sunday at 3:30 p.m. (PST) at SoFi Stadium in the city of Inglewood, south of Los Angeles, with the Los Angeles Rams taking on the Cincinnati Bengals.

A persistent ridge of high pressure remains stationed over the Golden State, the National Weather Service (NWS) reported Friday, pushing temperatures higher.

On Saturday, temperatures in the 70s and 80s could potentially shatter a number of daily highs in places on the West Coast, from San Diego to Medford, Oregon.

The hottest temperatures were expected in parts of Southern California, where the Super Bowl is taking place. Highs could reach the 90s. High temperatures around Los Angeles at this stage of winter are usually in the mid-60s.

The heat advisory remains in effect in the greater Los Angeles metro area until 6 p.m. Sunday. The NWS warns that hot temperatures can cause heat-related illnesses and advises residents to drink plenty of fluids and stay out of the sun.

Inside the SoFi Stadium, players and spectators will likely be shielded from the heat as the arena is temperature controlled.

Hot, dry conditions, along with seasonal winds from Santa Ana in Southern California, helped spread a wildfire in the early hours of Thursday in Laguna Beach.

The blaze, which has scorched 145 acres, is now 20% contained, Cal Fire reported. Evacuated residents were allowed to return to their homes on Thursday evening.

“We don’t have a fire season anymore – we have a fire year,” Orange County Fire Chief Brian Fennessy said at a news conference.

“It is February 10. It’s supposed to be the middle of winter. We are expecting 80-90F temps. Even though the hillsides are green, low humidity and wind are enough to cause fires.

2021 has been the fifth hottest year on record globally as emissions of greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and methane, the main drivers of the climate crisis from the burning of fossil fuels, continue to rise. to augment.

In California, the picture was no different. Last summer was the hottest on record in the state, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Average temperatures have risen about 1°C over the past century in the state. At the same time, California rainfall has become less frequent in the fall and spring, while winter storms are increasingly volatile.

California is historically prone to long periods of drought, but these will increase with global warming and less reliable rainfall. As the condition warms, moisture evaporates from the vegetation and soil, leaving it ready to burn.

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