Extreme heat in Canada and Northwest USA persists: 47.9 degrees measured

The northwest of the United States and the west coast of Canada are ravaged by extreme heat. Temperature records have been broken for a few days in a row. In Lytton, Canada, it was 47.9 degrees yesterday, more than three degrees above the weather record before the current heat wave.

The warmth has disrupted or partly disrupted the daily lives of millions of people. Schools and universities are closed in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Corona vaccination appointments are also moved, as puncture streets do not have air conditioning.

Starting tomorrow, British Columbia has a campfire ban to reduce the risk of forest fires. In higher areas, floods are feared, because snow melts rapidly in the mountains.

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Many people seek salvation in swimming pools, lakes or the sea. In many houses it is not to be held out because of the heat. In Portland (Oregon), among others, refrigeration centers have been set up, where people can spend the night (or day) on cots.

The mass use of air conditioning has led to a record use of electricity in western Canada. Network Operator BC Hydro warns of power outages due to high demand.

It‘s about 10 to 15 degrees above the usual temperature at this time of year. On Sunday, heat records were broken in 60 places in Canada, 59 of them were overtaken yesterday. Heat records have also been broken in the U.S. cities of Seattle, Washington, Portland and Salem (Oregon).

As of tomorrow, the temperature drops gradually, but it stays hotter for at least a week than average in the region.

It has been exceptionally warm in more places in the Northern Hemisphere lately. In Siberia, like last year, it’s warmer than usual.

In Moscow (34.7 degrees), last week, the hottest June day in 120 years was measured. Kiev (Ukraine) and Budapest (Hungary) are experiencing the warmest June month ever.