Heat Record on Heat Record: Nearly 48 degrees in Canada, Millions of People Swail

The west of Canada and the northwest of the United States are still under a scorching heat wave. The heat records have been dead for days in a row. On Monday, the town of Lytton was measured 47.9 degrees Celsius, with which the Sunday established record of 46.6 degrees was removed from the books.

A local news station reporter went looking for Lytton residents, but hardly hit anyone on the streets. โ€œEveryone‘s inside the air conditioner. You have to be a little crazy to be in the sun right now. We are accustomed to here, but this is a bit too much of the good,โ€ says a village residents who proudly call themselves the โ€œhotspotโ€ of Canada.

Sunday, the 45-degree Canadian heat record, standing since 1937, was broken. In the region it is now up to 20 degrees hotter than usual for the time of year. Lytton is about 200 kilometres north of Vancouver’s million-dollar city, where it‘s also blood-hot. โ€œEven my peanut butter is evaporating,โ€ twitter a toil resident.

In the state of British Colombia, schools and universities closed when it became clear that the heat would persist on Monday. In western Canada, only about 40 percent of buildings have air conditioning. Many people decided to shelter from the heat in the vicinity of water, both by the sea and on the lakes. The worst heat is expected to be driven out mid-week.

Across the border, in the major U.S. cities of Seattle and Portland (Oregon), it’s also hot. Residents without air conditioning are looking for sports halls where it can still be held out. Due to the heat, the vaccination schedule against Covid-19 is partly in one hundred. There is no air conditioning in the puncture streets. Elsewhere air conditioners are used massively, increasing power consumption to record altitude.


The sustained heat is unusual for western Canada, which is more accustomed to snowfall and rain showers than the sun, and is caused by a high-pressure area that does not move, said a research scientist of the organization Environment and Climate. Change Canada. As a result, it would hardly cool down at night in the ‘Heat Dome’.

Temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius are more common in the region, but usually in July.