UK MetOffice ISSUES HEATWAVE AMBER LEVEL 3 ALERT
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Record-breaking temperatures are scorching America’s West Coast and parts of Canada amid what the National Weather Service is calling a “historic and unprecedented heat wave”—and the summer sizzle hasn’t even reached its peak yet, AccuWeather reports.
More than 20 million people across six states are under heat alerts from the NWS. Dozens of daily record-high temperatures were broken on Saturday in states ranging from Washington to California. Further north, the heat wave set a national record in Canada on Sunday: Lytton, a village in British Columbia, hit roughly 115 degrees Fahrenheit (46.1 degrees Celsius), beating the country’s previous all-time high of 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) set in 1937, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Temperatures are expected to rise even higher on Sunday and into Monday in certain places, with “no relief in sight” this week for areas to the east of the Cascades, eastern Oregon, eastern Washington State, much of Idaho, and into western Montana, according to the NWS.
“After record-breaking heat was felt over the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Basin on Saturday, even hotter temperatures are forecast today and Monday throughout the region,” it said in a Sunday bulletin. “High temperatures are forecast to soar 20-30+ degrees above average in Washington and Oregon, including highly populated areas west of the Cascade Mountains. Highs well into the triple digits will significantly increase the threat of heat related illnesses.”
In short, the Pacific Northwest is frying under a heat dome, which forms when high-pressure circulation in the atmosphere creates a sort of lid that stops hot air from escaping. A heat dome this intense is so rare, it’s the kind of event you would expect to experience once in 1,000 years, according to CBS meteorologist Jeff Berardelli. Another meteorologist, Scott Duncan, predicts 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 the NWS. That record didn’t last long, though: On Sunday, temperatures soared to a new high of 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius). The city set its previous all-time high of 107 degrees Fahrenheit (41.7 degrees Celsius) in 1965 and 1981.
On Saturday, the NWS said temperatures hit 105 degrees Fahrenheit (40.6 degrees Celsius), in Salem, Oregon, and Vancouver, Washington, each city’s monthly maximum temperature record for the month of June. Seattle, Washington, hit 102 degrees Fahrenheit (38.9 degrees Celsius) that same day, a record for June. On Sunday, the Salem airport climbed to 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius), shattering an all-time record high for the site of 109 degrees Fahrenheit (42.8 degrees Celsius), according to the NWS.
Temperatures in Canada are expected to peak on Monday, reaching as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit (45 degrees Celsius) in British Columbia, the CBC reports. On Saturday, 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 ordered to evacuate as rising river levels caused by snowmelt amid all this unprecedented heat flood the area.
In much of the Pacific Northwest, even the morning lows will surpass the area’s average high temperatures, which just goes to show the “anomalous nature of this historic heatwave,” the NWS reported Saturday. The last time the region even came close to feeling this kind of heat was in July 2009, when temperatures lingered between 101 degrees Fahrenheit (38.3 degrees Celsius) and 106 degrees Fahrenheit (41.1 degrees Celsius) for two to four days, according to the agency. Its hottest part of the year typically falls in late July, so the fact that we’re seeing all-time records fall when the summer’s barely started is not a good sign, to say the least.
The NWS advises those in areas experiencing unprecedented high temperatures to stay hydrated, stay inside as much as possible, and avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Soaring temperatures have battered the West Coast in recent weeks, drying up reservoirs, curtaining hydropower, and exacerbating the impacts of widespread droughts across the region.
As disastrous as this heat wave has been, it’s only the beginning. Thousands of temperature records have already been shattered this year, and experts predict the climate crisis will continue to increase the odds of heat and megadroughts this century, so this weekend’s records likely won’t stand for long.
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Heavy snow and icy winds blasted Spain as temperatures plumetted to -34.1C, the lowest ever recorded on the Iberian peninsula, the State Meterololgical Agency said on Wednesday.
The chilling temperature was recorded at Clot del Tuc de la Llanca in Aragon in the Spanish Pyrenees at 5.19 a.m., the agency said.
This was two degrees lower than in 1956, when temperatures of -32C were recorded in Estany-Gento, in Lleida, in northeastern Spain.
More heavy snowfall is forecast for much of central and northern Spain with temperatures expected to fall -11C.
A 75-year-old man who got lost after he decided to walk to safety when his car became stuck in a snow storm was rescued by police in Navia de Suarna, near Lugo, in northwestern Spain.
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Australia’s east has sweltered through a record-breaking heatwave expected to linger through today.
A number of regions saw their hottest ever November day with Smithville in New South Wales’ north-west breaking records with a maximum temperature of 46.9 degrees.
Sydney smashed the record for highest minimum Spring temperature only dropping to 26.3 overnight.
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The heatwave currently gripping Gauteng will only start easing later on this week when a cold front hits the southern parts of the country.
Several provinces, including Gauteng, are battling scorching temperatures – with the mercury reaching 37 degrees in some cities.
However, a cold front is expected to hit Kwa-Zulu Natal and the Eastern Cape later this week.
Forecaster Tokelo Chiloane says Gauteng will still be warm.
“It’s summer now (sic) so you won’t see a huge drop in temperatures but it will be a bit cooler than it has been.”
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A rare October heatwave ramped up over Israel on Thursday, bringing blazing temperatures to many parts of the country as an alarmingly hot summer and fall continued to grip the region.
Jerusalem and Haifa were set for a searing 34° C (94° F) on Thursday afternoon, while Tel Aviv was set for a high of 33° (91° F).
The northern cities of Tiberias and Beit She’an and the southern resort town of Eilat were expected to see temperatures as high as 41° C (105° F).
The heat will linger through the weekend, before dipping slightly early next week, though it will remain unseasonably warm.
Average highs in October generally hover between 26° and 28° (79-82°F). In Eilat, the average daily high for the month is 31.1° (88°F), and in Jerusalem it is 25.3° C (77° F).
October heat waves are uncommon but not unprecedented, though they appear to be increasing in recent years. In 2019, temperatures spiked to nearly 40° C (104 °F) in some parts of the country on October 14 and 15. In 2009 and again in 2010, temperatures in late October soared, hitting 35°C (95°F) in Jerusalem.
Experts say the number of hot days in the region is increasing, as well as the length of the hot season, due to global warming.
According to the Israel Meteorological Service, September was the hottest on record across most of the country. September 4 saw record-breaking heat in several cities, and a heatwave lingered for an unprecedented two weeks, only cooling to seasonal averages for a brief respite at the end of the month. Several deaths have been attributed to the heatwaves.
On Wednesday, the European Union’s Copernicus Climate Change Service announced that September was the hottest on record globally. The monitor said 2020 was on pace to match 2016 as the hottest year ever recorded.
The heatwave in Israel catches the country as it is under nationwide lockdown to stem the coronavirus pandemic. It also comes as the country marks the final days of the Sukkot holiday.
Experts recommend staying indoors or in the shade and keeping hydrated during especially hot days.
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Heatwave brings record high temperatures in San Francisco Bay Area, California #Heatwave #SanFranciscoBay #California #USA
Temperatures will reach 110 degrees Fahrenheit (about 43.3 degrees Celsius) in interior locations and up to 115 degrees Fahrenheit in some parts of the Diablo Range, Central Valley and eastern Bay Area, according to the forecasts.
In Gilroy, the forecast for Sunday is 112 degrees Fahrenheit (about 44.4 degrees Celsius). A relatively balmy 102 degrees Fahrenheit (about 38.9 degrees Celsius) in San Jose will still break the record of 100 degrees Fahrenheit set in 1923. Oakland expects to hit 94 degrees Fahrenheit (about 34.4 degrees Celsius), and San Francisco 90 degrees Fahrenheit (about 32.2 degrees Celsius).
The NWS has also issued a “fire weather watch” for the East Bay and North Bay from Monday night through Wednesday morning, according to a report by the San Jose-based newspaper The Mercury News on Saturday.
It was the first such alert this summer in the Bay Area based on winds, the report said.
A more severe “red flag warning” was issued on Aug. 15 before the lightning storms that set off dozens of fires around Northern California.
Pacific Gas & Electric is considering shutting off power in some areas Tuesday and Wednesday to reduce the risk of fire caused by the utility equipment.
“If high temperatures, extreme dryness and record-high winds threaten the electric system, it may be necessary for us to turn off electricity in the interest of safety. This is called a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS),” the company said.
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People are seen on the Santa Monica Beach, Los Angeles County, the United States, Aug. 15, 2020. A heat wave hit U.S. state of California this weekend.
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Severe Heatwave 40C Heading To Okanagan, South Thompson, Canada #Heatwave #Okanagan #SouthThompson #Canada
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Okanagan and South Thompson, with the expectation temperatures will reach 40 C during the day with overnight lows near 18 C for the next two days.
“A ridge of high pressure has been building over southern B.C. this weekend with temperatures peaking today then gradually declining as the week progresses,” the meteorological agency said.
“Today will be the hottest day with maximum temperatures reaching the mid- to upper-30s C, likely hitting 40 C at Lytton. Overnight temperatures will only cool to the upper teens, and may in fact stay above 20 C in windier locations of the Fraser Canyon. High temperatures on Monday will be two or three degrees cooler than today’s highs.”
Highs will reach the mid 30s C again on Tuesday, according to Environment Canada, but there should be some relief Monday night which will be cooler than tonight.
“This may be enough to technically end this heatwave at some locations,” the
Environment Canada and local Medical Health Officers expect an increase in health and safety risks from heat and are advising the public to take precautions.
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Intense heat spread across much of France today ahead of a heavy holiday travel weekend, prompting officials to warn of wildfire risks in exceptionally dry and windy conditions.
Around one-third of the country’s 101 fire departments were on high alert, with Paris forecast to reach 40C in the shade after several cities hit record highs yesterday.
Authorities in the capital imposed driving restrictions to limit ozone pollution as tens of thousands of Parisians prepared to flee to cooler climes, according to the nation’s traffic surveillance agency.
“The heatwave requires the state to be vigilant, and everyone to be cautious,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said while visiting with firefighters in Bourg-en-Bresse, southeast France.
Earlier today, a dramatic wildfire in the middle of the Atlantic coast resort of Anglet was brought under control after it destroyed nearly a dozen homes and forced around 100 people to evacuate.
The blaze erupted late yesterday in the Chiberta forest park at Anglet in southwest France, whose beaches just north of Biarritz draw surfers from around the world.
It was the latest of several that erupted in southern and central France this week, kicking off the annual fire season which officials warn could be worsened by the drought and dry heat.
“Ninety percent of these fires are caused by humans,” Environment Minister Barbara Pompili told BFM television, asking people to use “common sense”.
Officials also urged families and neighbours to check in on the elderly, and retirement homes are on high alert since air-conditioners are being discouraged over fears they could foster coronavirus contagions.
An increase in Covid-19 cases prompted officials to tighten face mask requirements in several cities this week, with many making them mandatory outdoors despite the heat.
The Meteo France weather agency said that storms could bring relief tonight in central France. Night temperatures elsewhere are likely to stay high, falling to just 25C in cities like Lyon or Grenoble.
Last year was France’s hottest on record, and Meteo France has warned that global warming could double the number of heatwaves by 2050.
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