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The US could be facing its worst drought in 1,200 years, and summer hasn't even reached its peak yet

The Washington Post reported on June 18 that more than 40 million Americans saw triple-digit temperatures where they live in the prior week. Temperature records were also broken in Salt Lake City last Tuesday when the weather services measured a high of 107 degrees, breaking the area's 147-year record for temperatures in June.

A scientist The Guardian spoke with even warned that the US could experience one of the worst droughts in its modern history.

"This current drought is potentially on track to become the worst that we've seen in at least 1,200 years. And the reason is linked directly to human-caused climate change," Kathleen Johnson, an associate professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, told the Guardian.

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