Currently in Los Angeles — June 30th, 2022

The weather, currently.

June Gloom returns to close out her namesake month

Our friend the marine layer is back! She’s making sure that we squeeze in one last June Gloom before we roll into July, and after these hot, sunny days, most of you will welcome her with open arms. That gray morning will keep temperatures in the 60’s, and the gloom will leave us sometime around 11 a.m. She’ll leave behind a some clouds in the skies, and highs will climb to about 82°F. If you start missing the gloom, fear not, because she will start moving back in on Thursday evening. She’ll brew her fog and push lows down to the low 60’s late at night.

—Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

Seville, one of the hottest cities in Spain, officially has the world’s first heat wave naming and rating system.

This comes after the country experienced its hottest first two weeks of June ever in its recorded history. Seville’s Mayor Juan Espadas addressed the need to create a culture of awareness around heat waves in a statement.

“Extreme heat waves are becoming more frequent and devastating as a direct effect from climate change. Local governments should address the threat heat poses to our populations, particularly the most vulnerable, by raising awareness of heat-health related hazards through evidence based data and science,” said Mayor Espadas.

With the new system, which launched last week on the summer solstice, Seville, will categorize each heatwave on a scale from 1 to 3 based on several factors, including daytime and nighttime temperatures, the heat index and humidity. Expected health impacts on residents will also be considered in the system, particularly those that are the most vulnerable, like the elderly and those that are unhoused or living with underlying health conditions.

Each category of heat wave calls for different public services––like extreme weather alerts and emergency response efforts that  send community health teams to check on people or opening air-conditioned cooling centers to provide people a moment of relief.

Heat waves that fall under Category 3 will be assigned names in reverse alphabetical order, starting with Zoe, Yago and Xenia.

Other cities, like Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Kansas City, Missouri and Athens have started similar programs.

— Aarohi Sheth