The weather, currently.
Whatever you do, do not be fooled by Wednesday's weather.
It will be warmer and sunny, but this is the last time you will see temperatures like this for a while. It is about to get COLD soon.
Another cold front is on the way from Canada and will be here Wednesday night into Thursday. As of Wednesday after 8 p.m., we will be below freezing until Saturday around 2 p.m. That will be more than 60 hours of below freezing temperatures. Don't stray too far from your coats, because you will want it again soon.
In addition to cold temperatures, this cold front will bring — you guessed it — another round of snow on Thursday. I will have more information on that storm in tomorrow's newsletter.
So, you know what's coming up, but here's exactly how Wednesday plays out:
1) Morning: Cold with temperatures in the 20s through 9 a.m.
2) Afternoon: Temperatures climb to the low 40s with sunshine.
3) Evening: Here comes more cold air. Temperatures will be in the 30s by the evening commute. And then they drop down into the 20s overnight. Snow is expected to start Thursday morning right now.
Activity forecast: Cold morning. Mild afternoon. There's nothing more to say. You do you on how you want to be outside.
Mountain forecast: Still cold in the mountains but you just see cloudy skies on Wednesday. In the morning, we will be in the single digits. By the afternoon we see up 20s and then back down to single digits. More snow is coming on Thursday.
What you need to know, currently.
Climate change is putting the lives of Nepali workers, who are building the World Cup stadiums in Qatar, at risk according to reporting by TIME.
As hurricanes, droughts, floods and other climate-change-induced disasters continue to uproot communities, the U.N.’s International Organization for Migration predicts that as many as a billion people will be displaced by climate change over the next three decades.
Since many of them rely on farming to provide for their families, they are heading to Qatar and the Gulf countries to avoid their villages’ unpredictable weather patterns and earn money to send back home.
“Climate change is encouraging people to go to the Gulf for work,” Surya Narayan Sah, a social worker from Nagrain, told TIME. “Here we depend on the rain to farm, and when it is irregular, there is no food, so they have to buy it, and the only way to earn cash is to go abroad.”
This has forced more than half a million Nepali migrant laborers to travel to Qatar over the last decade — mainly to help build the stadiums, hotels and other venues that will host fans and players for the upcoming men’s World Cup, which begins November 20.
These laborers are often vulnerable to exploitation and danger, as organized labor unions are illegal in the Gulf, making it nearly impossible to advocate for better working conditions.
Although Qatar has strict heat protections in place, temperatures are still rising twice as fast in the desert than they are on the rest of the planet — and it’s only expected to get warmer by 9 degrees F (5 degrees C) by the end of the century, according to a June 2022 study.
There are many other things that need to be done to keep outdoor laborers safe during the stadium’s construction. Individual monitors, for example, which can track a worker’s heart rate, hydration levels and body temperatures, are being worked on to prevent heat stress.
But, these technologies are still expensive and working conditions need much more reform before they’re implemented.