Record temperatures have burned the west coast of America and parts of Canada amidst that National Meteorological Service calls it a “historic and unprecedented heat wave” – and the summer sizzle hasn’t even reached its peak, AccuWeather report.
More than 20 million people in six states are under heat alerts and NWS. Dozens of maximum daily temperatures were broken Saturday in states ranging from Washington to California. Further north, the heat wave set a national record in Canada on Sunday: Lytton, a country in British Columbia, touched about 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 degrees Celsius), beating the country’s previous all-time high. of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius)) established in 1937, according to a Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Temperatures are expected to rise even more Sunday and Monday in some areas, with “no relief in sight” this week for areas east of the Cascades, east of Oregon, east of the state. of Washington, much of Idaho, and in western Montana, according to the NWS.
“After record heat was felt over the Northwest Pacific and the Great Northern Basin on Saturday, even warmer temperatures are forecast today and Monday across the region,” he said in a statement. Sunday bulletin. “High temperatures are expected to increase 20-30+ degrees above average in Washington and Oregon, including the heavily populated areas west of the Cascade Mountains. Peaks in triple numbers will significantly increase the threat of diseases related to the heat “.
In short, the North Pacific is fried underneath a dome of heat, which is formed when high-pressure circulation in the atmosphere creates a kind of cover that stops hot air from escaping. Such an intense heat dome is so rare, it’s the kind of event you should expect to experience once in 1000 years, according to CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli. Another meteorologist, Scott Duncan, provides that some of the hottest places on the planet will be in the Pacific Northwest this year.
Portland, Oregon, had its hottest day on record Saturday, with temperatures reaching 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42.2 degrees Celsius), according to and NWS. That record didn’t last long, though: Sunday, temperatures have risen to a new high of 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius). The city has established its own previous of all time of 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41.7 degrees Celsius) in 1965 and 1981.
On Saturday, the NWS said temperatures have reached 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius), in Salem, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, each city’s maximum monthly temperature record for the month of June. Seattle, Washington, touched 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) that same day, a disk for June. On Sunday, Salem airport climbed to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius), breaking an all-time record for the 109-degree Fahrenheit site (42.8 degrees Celsius), according to and NWS.
Temperatures in Canada are forecast to peak on Monday, reaching up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) in British Columbia, the CBC reports. On Saturday, the Fraser Valley broke 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40 degrees Celsius) for the first time to date. Residents in the Pemberton Valley north of Vancouver have been ordained evacuate such as rising river levels caused by melting snow amidst all this unprecedented heat flooding the area.
In much of the Pacific Northwest, even the morning lows exceeded the area’s high average temperatures, which just shows the “anomalous nature of this historic heat wave,” the NWS reported Saturday. The last time the region came close to experiencing this type of heat was in July 2009, when temperatures persisted between 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) and 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius). for two or four days, depending the agency. Its warmest part of the year typically falls in late July, so the fact that we see all-weather records fall when summer has just begun isn’t a good sign, to say the least.
The NWS advises those in areas experiencing unprecedented high temperatures to stay hydrated, stay indoors as much as possible, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. High temperatures have hit the West Coast in recent weeks, dry the reservoirs, hydroelectric curtain, and exacerbating the impacts of generalized droughts throughout the region.
As disastrous as this heat wave was, it was just the beginning. Thousands of temperature records are available already shattered this year, and experts provides the climate crisis will continue to increase the chances of heat and megadroughts this century, so this weekend’s records won’t last long.
Updated: 6/27/2021, 8:37 pm: Updated with the latest record statistics for the Pacific Northwest and Canada.