The Olympics are approaching a danger zone of extreme heat
Olympic athletes are grappling with another public health threat on top of the pandemic: extreme heat. This year’s summerOlympics areforecast to be the hottest in decades. Temperatures expected to rise above 30 degrees Celsius (close to 90 degrees Fahrenheit) this week could put even the strongest athletes in danger of heat stroke or illness. They’ll also have to contend with oppressive humidity, which interferes with the body’s ability to regulate its temperature by sweating, on top of the scorching heat.
Athletes have tried to acclimate themselves to the weather in advance of the games. Team USA, for example, even took inspiration from how…