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June 28, 2021

by Michel Comte

Canada prepared for the highest temperature ever on Monday as the west of the country and parts of the United States baked in an unprecedented heat wave, and schools and COVID-19 vaccination clinics to close and postpone an Olympic Athletics qualification event forced.

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The village of Lytton in British Columbia broke the record for Canada’s all-time high with a temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Temperatures are well above from the US state of Oregon to the Arctic territories of Canada The seasonal average has risen, and meteorologists are warning of worse.

« It’s a desert heat – very dry and hot, » David Phillips, chief climatologist for Environment Canada, told AFP.

« We’re the second coldest country in the world and the snowiest country, « he said. « We often see cold snaps and snowstorms, but not often do we talk about such hot weather. »

Due to climate change, record temperatures are being reached with increasing frequency. Globally, the decade through 2019 was the hottest recorded, and the five hottest years all occurred within the last five years.

On Sunday, the temperature in Seattle, Washington state reached 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit), a record that surprised residents who were not used to warmer climes.

“Usually, maybe 60, 70 degrees (Fahrenheit) is a great day – everyone is outside in shorts and t-shirts – but that’s … ridiculous, « one city resident told AFP. « I feel like I’m in the desert or something. »

Doug Farr, manager of the weekly Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle, said the location had to close early Sunday because of the heat – something that normally only closes in snow « I think this is the first time we’ve closed early because of the heat, » he said.

Oregon’s largest city, Portland, is 44.4 degrees Celsius (112 degrees Fahrenheit) on Sunday Fahrenheit), announced the US National Weather Service (NWS), breaking the city’s record set the day before.

In nearby Eugene, the organizers were forced to postpone the last day of the US athletics tests and the Move afternoon events to evening.

Across the border in Canada, stores reportedly failed to sell portable air conditioners and fans, while cities opened emergency cooling centers and field workers opened bottles and water Hats handed out as more than 160 local heat records were set, including in the ski resort town of Pfeifer.

Several COVID-19 vaccination clinics have been canceled and schools announced they would close due to the extreme heat.

In Vancouver officials set up temporary water fountains and fog stations in parks and on street corners, while forest and fishing services warned of extreme forest fires and low water levels in lakes and rivers that are polluting the fish.

Environment Canada issued warnings for British Columbia, Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, saying the « longer, dangerous, and historic heatwave will continue this week ».

The NWS issued a similar warning, saying « the hottest temperatures of the ongoing historic heat wave are expected in the Pacific Northwest today ».

The scorching heat that has broken records in Canada and the United States for more than 80 years will be yours Attributed to high pressure ridge that traps warm air in the area.

This heat dome raises « serious » health concerns, Phillips said, noting that nearly 70 people were killed in the last major heat in Canada in 2018.

« And it’s not just a one day miracle. It’s a matter of seven days, » he said, with temperatures forecast to be 47 degrees Celsius (117 Fahrenheit) or higher.

« It’s his Torically unprecedented « and » unusual because such warm temperatures typically occur in late July, early August, and not June, « and because of the length and size of the heat wave. Nick Bond, an atmospheric researcher at the University of Washington, said that Weather freak was not solely due to climate change, it got worse.

« The main thing is this highly unusual weather pattern, but climate change is real, our temperatures have warmed up here, especially the nighttime temperatures in summer, and that has just raised the baseline and made this heat event.  » so much stricter.  »

© 2021 AFP

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