Canada recorded the highest temperature in history after a village in British Columbia hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.
Temperatures in Lytton, British Columbia, exceeded the previous national record of 113 F (45 C) set on July 5, 1937, in Saskatchewan, according to Environment Canada.
“Did we read that right… you say an all-time high for the 10 provinces at any time of the year?” It’s phenomenal! tweeted the National Meteorological Service of Missoula, Montana.
Other records are expected to be broken on Monday, Environment Canada meteorologist Derek Lee said, according to the CBC.
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“So you thought it was hot yesterday? Tomorrow could be even hotter,” Lee said. “I know a lot of people are probably unprepared for the heat, but we still have a few days left.”
Parts of Canada and the Pacific Northwest are currently suffocating under a “heat dome,” which is essentially a strong ridge of high pressure that traps hot air below – like a dome, the senior climatologist said on Saturday. ‘Environment Canada, Dave Phillips, at CTV News.
A heat warning is in effect for much of western Canada and numerous daily temperature records have been broken in British Columbia, located just north of Washington state, the weather agency said. country.
“It’s a headache for someone like a climatologist, like me. I mean, I like to break a record, but it’s like breaking them and pulverizing them,” Phillips said. “It’s warmer in parts of western Canada than in Dubai. I mean, it’s just not something that looks Canadian.”
Phillips noted that the extreme heat could pose significant health risks to seniors and those with underlying health conditions. The risk of forest fires is also a concern, he added.
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In the United States, Portland, Oregon, reached 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 Celsius) on Sunday, breaking its temperature record of 108 F (42.2 C) – set a day earlier.
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The temperature also reached 104 F (40 C) in Seattle – an area known more for rain than heat. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), this temperature was an all-time high for the city.
With less than half of Pacific Northwest residents having home air conditioning, the intense heat has triggered the opening of “cooling centers” and health warnings. Over 90% of American West is also in the midst of a historic and deadly drought, which can stretch during the summer.
Julia Musto of Fox News and Associated Press contributed to this report
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