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By the end of February, the United States will be experiencing its worst winter on record, with more than 100 million people suffering from winter-related weather, according to a new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
That is a staggering figure that puts the nation at a severe health and economic disadvantage.
The United States suffered the worst winter since records began in 1880, when the nation was hit by the worst heatwave in recorded history.
A record low temperature in December brought the country to a total of just 1.7 degrees Celsius above average, making it the fourth-warmest December on record.
The United States has experienced a record number of cold snaps, with the first of the season in January setting a new record for the coldest January since 1900.
The coldest month in US history was in January of 1941, when temperatures dropped to as low as minus 11 degrees Celsius, according the National Climatic Data Center.
The US also experienced its worst drought in 25 years, with record-breaking water restrictions affecting more than 14 million Americans.
The drought also saw millions of acres of crops destroyed.
In the last week, the number of people who died from heat-related illnesses soared by more than 5,000, to 6,800, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The United Nations has called for an end to all extreme weather events in its 2018-2019 World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) report, warning that a continuation of the current heatwave could have disastrous implications for the global climate.
WMO Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned that temperatures could rise as high as 1.6 degrees Celsius in some parts of the world, and that could lead to more extreme weather.