Southern California faces global warming-induced heat wave – The Harvard-Westlake Chronicle
Residents of Studio City experienced continued high temperatures of up to 110 degrees from September 3-16.
The recent heat wave was caused by global warming, which is causing average temperatures to rise around the world, according to NASA. Temperatures have been rising at an average rate of 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit per decade since 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) 2021 annual climate report. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, climate change is causing more weather to fluctuate between intense hot and cold weather.
Latinx and Hispanic Student Organization (LAHSO) held an event in early September that had to be moved indoors due to the heat. Nathalie Paniagua ’23 said she was happy that LAHSO was able to adapt to the changes.
“We decided to move the event indoors to protect everyone from the unexpected heat wave that happened last week,” Paniagua said. “The heat had been unbearable in the days leading up to it so we were happy Chalmers was available as it has air conditioning.”
Several fall sports, such as field hockey, cross country, tennis and soccer, still take place during the heat wave. Some teams continued with normal practice schedules; however, many teams had practices and games moved to later in the day.
College field hockey coach Susan Hodgkins said the team changed practice schedules based on certain guidelines.
“The school has strict guidelines based on criteria from the National Athletic Trainers Association, as well as the National Weather Service,” Hodgkins said. “All our activities are based on what [Director of Sports Medicine Dunford Rodill] tell us it’s safe to do so, and when everything points to a no-go, we don’t play at all. When we practiced, we took extra water breaks, stretched and exercised in the shade, reduced the amount of running, and moved practice and play times as the heat subsided, such as later in the day or early in the morning.
Tennis player Clementine Harris ’24 said the heat affected her ability to play.
“Because I got tired and dehydrated faster, I wasn’t playing my best,” Harris said. “One of the coaches was a little easier with the drills, but the others did the same. I wish they could make the practice a little easier or maybe shorter. ”
Gus Mercado-Quinn ’25 said he took steps to adapt to the weather, such as changing clothes and staying indoors.
“I normally wear pants, so I was a little hot, even though I was trying to stay in the shade,” Mercado-Quinn said. “I definitely stuck with short sleeves. Some of my teachers broke new ground – in English it was pretty hot. We were in Rugby, and the air conditioning wasn’t working, so our teacher brought in a makeshift air conditioner. My history teacher did the same thing. The weather made concentration a bit more difficult during class, but for the most part it was manageable enough.