‘Historic’ Heat Wave Sets Record Highs Across West Coast and Canada—And It’s Still Getting Hotter
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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Spain records lowest temperature ever at -34C coupled with heavy snow
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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Heatwave smashes temperature records in Sydney, Australia
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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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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Record heavy snowfall in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan in Jan. 2020 equals record in 1964 #RecordSnow #blizzard #NurSultan #Kazakhstan
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Heavy snowfall and blizzard in the city of Nur-Sultan this January equaled the weather record in 1964, chief of the department of short-term forecasts of the Kazgidromet Alua Sakhanova said.
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New cold records set in Russia #ColdRecords #freeze #ice #russia
Weather in the Magadan region can be called unfavorable not only because of the strong wind , but also because of severe frosts. This is the only corner of Russia where the average daily air temperature over the past day lagged behind the norm. Frosty weather has been established in the region since the second decade of January. Every day the frosts grew stronger, and over the past day in Magadan the air temperature was already below the norm by 8.5 degrees. But on the Okhotsk coast, the frosts are not so severe, in the morning to -27 degrees. But in continental areas, temperature sets records.
So in the village of Talon, on January 24, the temperature dropped to -46.2 degrees, which is 0.2 degrees lower than the previous record, held since 1978.
But these are not the lowest temperatures in Russia. The pole of cold remains Yakutia. In the east of the Republic last night, frosts intensified to -56 degrees.
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Record Breaking #Heatwave Strikes #Juneau, #Alaska
Record breaking heatwave has struck Alaska over the past few days with even worse heat on the way.
110 year record has been broken when Alaska’s capital Juneau hit 83C.
The heatwave has caused havoc across the country.
Extensive wildfire has been ignighted by the heatwave near Anchorage and the smoke has made it very difficult with breathing.
#France Records It’s #Hottest Day Ever Of 45.9C (114.4F)
The southern region of Gallargues-le-Montueux France has reached it’s highest record breaking temperature of 45.9C (114.4F).
The last record stood at 44.1C in August 2003.
Further north of France, the temperature is around 40C (104F).
Many parts of Europe are enduring a heatwave as well.
Due to the severe heat, Red Alert has been enforced in France, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.