US and Canada Hit By New Rounds Of Scorching Hot weather.
Loss Angels: Millions of people across the western United States and Canada were hit by a new round of scorching temperatures Sunday, with some roads closed, limited train traffic and new evacuations ordered.
In Canada, with wildfires continuing to spread, including 50 more fires in the past two days, the government announced new emergency measures aimed at preventing new fires.
Sweltering conditions affected much of the Pacific coast and inland to the western edge of the Rocky Mountains over the weekend.
“A dangerous heat wave will hit much of the western US, with likely record temperatures,” the national weather service said on its website on Sunday, while Canadian forecasters predicted highs near 32 degrees Celsius ( 90 degrees Fahrenheit) in parts of western Canada. well above seasonal norms.
Las Vegas on Saturday equaled its all-time record of 117 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the National Weather Service (NWS), a temperature recorded in the desert entertainment city once in 1942 and another three times since 2005.
Sunday was expected to be just a few degrees cooler there, while Death Valley, California, often the hottest place in the nation, was heading for a peak temperature of 126 degrees Fahrenheit.
Forecasters issued an excessive heat advisory for several other urban centers, including the southern city of Phoenix and San Jose, the center of the Silicon Valley tech industry south of San Francisco.
The weekend’s hot weather follows an earlier heat wave that hit the western United States and Canada in late June.
Scorching conditions broke the all-time daily temperature record for three days in a row in the Canadian province of British Columbia.
Canadian Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra on Sunday announced new emergency measures aimed at preventing more wildfires in the dry Tinder region, including measures to slow or limit train traffic.
Trains are a common cause of wildfires, often when their spark arresters are poorly maintained.
Several highways and highways in the area have been closed as the government called the risk of forest fires in much of the province “extreme.” A dozen towns or villages remained under evacuation orders.
The Canadian government sent investigators to the city of Lytton, 150 miles (250 kilometers) northeast of Vancouver, to see if a passing freight train could have caused a fire in late June that destroyed 90 percent of the city.
Total deaths in British Columbia were not yet known, but are believed to be in the hundreds.
As of Sunday morning, the number of wildfires in British Columbia continued to rise, reaching 298, authorities said.
In the US state of Oregon, the Bootleg Fire more than tripled in size between Friday and Sunday, gaining more than 100,000 acres, according to the United States Forest Service.
Last month was the hottest June on record in North America, according to data released by the European Union’s climate monitoring service.
Human activity has raised global temperatures, fueling increasingly fierce storms, extreme heatwaves, droughts, and wildfires.
The World Meteorological Organization and Britain’s Met Office said in May there was a 40 percent chance that the annual mean global temperature will temporarily exceed 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial temperatures in the next five years.
The past six years, including 2020, have been the six warmest on record.
(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NewsGater staff and is posted from a syndicated feed.)