Heatwave US and Canada

Extreme and prolonged heatwaves hit USA and Canada

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A historic heatwave hit parts of USA and Canada with the later recording its highest ever temperature.
Lytton in British Columbia -about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Vancouver- soared to 46.6C (116F) on Sunday (June 27), breaking an 84-year-old record, Environment Canada said.

Lytton was not alone. More than 40 other spots in British Columbia set new records.

The highest temperature previously recorded in the country was 45 degrees Celsius in two towns in southeastern Saskatchewan in July 1937.

“A prolonged, dangerous, and historic heat wave will persist through this week,” Environment Canada said in a statement, forecasting temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in several regions, or 10-15 degrees Celsius hotter than normal.

“This is headshaking for somebody like a climatologist, like myself. I mean I like to break a record, but this is like shattering and pulverizing them,” Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CTVNews.ca.

“It’s warmer in parts of western Canada than in Dubai. I mean, it’s just not something that seems Canadian,” he said.

The US National Weather Service issued a similar warning about a “dangerous heat wave” that could see record temperatures rise to more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in parts of Washington and Oregon states.

“This is life-threatening heat,” Jennifer Vines, health officer for Multnomah County in Oregon, said in a statement.” People need to find some place cool to spend time during the coming days.”

On Saturday (June 26), temperatures in Seattle, Washington reached 38 degrees Celcius making it the hottest June day there on record.

Portland, Oregon, reached 44.4 Celsius on Sunday, breaking the all-time temperature record of 42.2C which was set just a day earlier.

Meanwhile, concerns mounted about wildfire risk in a region that is already experiencing a crippling and extended drought.

The high temperatures were forecast to move into western Montana beginning Monday.

With reporting by AP, CTV News