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An advertising board in Seville shows a temperature 47°C, which is equilivalent to 116.6°F. Photo: CRISTINA QUICLER / AFP

Mayor Juan Espadas announced on Monday that Seville, Spain would become the first city to name and categorize heat waves.

Why it matters: As heat waves become increasingly common due to climate change, naming and categorizing them has the potential to help raise awareness around the devastation they cause and help governments better prepare for them.

The big picture: Per Axios' Andrew Freedman, heat waves are becoming more severe, longer-lasting and frequent due to human-caused climate change, studies show.

  • Seville is located in the Andalusia region, one of the hottest regions in Spain where temperatures easily go above 104°F, according to the Atlantic Council.
  • In August, a city in the Andalusia region had a record high of 117°F.

Details: Seville will be partnering with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center and other Spanish science partners to develop the naming and categorization system.

  • The heat waves will be categorized by impact on human health, which the Atlantic Council argues will "permit local officials to implement specific policies," when heatwaves come.

What they're saying: "Seville is proud to become the first city in the world to develop and implement a heat wave naming and categorization system that aims at saving thousands of lives and we encourage other cities in the world to also undertake this great endeavor," Mayor Juan Espadas said in a press conference on Monday.

What's next: The naming and categorizing of heat waves will begin in 2022.

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Michigan city elects an all-Muslim city council

Amanda Jaczkowski, a newly-elected city council member, leads the crowd to cheer the Detroit City Football Club in a minor-league soccer game against the Dayton Dynamo Football Club on May 6, 2017. Photo: Addario/Getty Images Reportage

Residents of Hamtramck, Michigan, elected a Muslim mayor and an all-Muslim city council last week, a testament to the city's changing demographics, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Why it matters: It is likely the first U.S. city to elect a Muslim mayor and an all-Muslim city council, the Council on American-Islamic Relations told Axios.

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Shooting at Michigan high school leaves 3 dead, 6 wounded

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A 15-year-old sophomore was arrested after a shooting at a Michigan high school that left three people dead and six others wounded Wednesday, according to the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

The latest: Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said at a briefing Tuesday night that the suspect's father had on Friday bought the 9mm Sig Sauer pistol investigators believe was used in the shooting at Oxford High School. Authorities released the names of the victims late Tuesday.

City Council member Andre Dickens wins Atlanta mayoral race

Andre Dickens during a rally at Center Stage on November 28, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

City Council member Andre Dickens won a runoff election Tuesday to become Atlanta's next mayor, soundly beating the council's president Felicia Moore.

The big picture: Dickens was just a few months ago considered to have an outside chance of replacing Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, who announced in May that she wouldn't seek a second term.