“Excessive and oppressive heat across the Northwest will continue through at least the first half of the week where daytime highs will climb well into the 90s and low 100s,” the Weather Prediction Center (WPC) wrote. “Daily record highs will, once again, be challenged by Tuesday and Wednesday for parts of the Great Basin and northern California.”
Eastern Oregon, Nevada, and Idaho could hit daily high records this week as temperatures may print in the high 90s to triple digits.
“This will bring near-record temperatures and could possibly be the warmest day of the year thus far,” the National Weather Service in Boise (NWS) said.
As of Tuesday, excessive heat warnings have already been posted for eastern Oregon and western Idaho. There are also heat advisories with temperatures expected to reach triple digits in Northern Nevada, Northern California, and Southern Oregon.
Wildfire risks continue to rise for western states as a megadrought continues to dry out vegetation.
This week’s heat wave is expected to peak Wednesday for most of the region, but temperatures will remain above averages. Another heat wave is expected to appear in some parts of the West into the weekend.
Eastern Washington, Oregon, and Idaho could see daily records taken out by the weekend. Highs in some parts of Northern California may print north of 110.
Western states will remain well above average temperatures through early next week.
Here are some problems for residents in western states that may arise due to excessive heat: soaring power costs, rolling blackouts, worsening drought conditions, and dwindling water supplies.
7th July 2021 Today’s Round-Up of Climate News
“Nordic region, Arctic Circle feel the heat as record-high temperatures hit world… Towns in Sweden and Finland registered record-high temperatures as wildfires spread across eastern Russia
“Temperatures in several towns in the north of the Nordic peninsula reached record highs over the weekend…
Temperatures in Nikkaloukta, Sweden, reached 29.9 Celsius (85.8 Fahrenheit) on Sunday, the hottest since 1950 when records began.
“In Finland, temperatures peaked at 33.5°C in Kevo, Utsjoki, the Finnish Meteorological Institute said in a tweet on Monday. That’s the second-highest reading ever in Lapland, only beaten by 34.5°C in 1914.”
“In Norway impressive 34.3C [93.7F] at Banak,it’s the highest temp. ever above 70N in Europe and new record for Troms and Finnmark county.”
“Siberia Forest Fires Fueled by Historic Drought, Heatwave…
“The republic of Sakha, also known as Yakutia, is especially vulnerable to wildfires as more than 80% of the region is covered by boreal forest known as taiga. So far this year, Sakha has already seen record-breaking droughts and abnormally high temperatures, creating ideal conditions for severe wildfires.”
“As Siberia’s Permafrost Thaws, Scientists Marvel At The Mammoth Treasures Beneath…
“Plotnikov’s lab is packed with so many ancient bones and specimens that it is struggling to find space for the Ice Age remains that are rising to the surface as the climate warms. And the pace of discovery is accelerating…”
You may recall that nearby Crimea was absolutely inundated a couple of weeks ago.
“Heavy flooding hits the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia. July 5th 2021.”
“Another extreme heat wave in Central Asia is already setting record:
“On 5th July 47.4C [117.3F] at Saragt in Turkmenistan a new all time record. In the next 5 days many records are at stake in Iran, Central Asia and China where temp. might approach 50C in the Turfan depression.”
“Update on Central Asian Heat Wave: Two more all time records on 6th July.
“In Turkmenistan 48.2C [118.8F] at Saragt, record beaten for the second day in a row. Also 46.8C in the capital Askhabad it’s a new July record. In Iran all time record at Sarakhs with 48.7C [119.7]F.”
“African Heat wave is increasing day by day. On 5 July 49.7C at Hassi Messaoud, highest so far in 2021 in Africa.
“46.6C at Bilma Niger only 0.4C from the Nigerien July record. Also in Libya we should note the 47.0C [116.6F] at Ghat the highest temperature ever for the settlement.”
“Road collapses, survivors evacuated after flood in northern Turkey.
“Flash floods late Tuesday led to a collapse of a road where a similar disaster claimed seven lives two years ago in the same place in northern Turkey’s Düzce.” [picture from 2019 flood]
“Pollution threatens rare, endangered seahorses in Greek lagoon…
“Older fishermen say the Aitoliko lagoon in the northern Patras Gulf used to contain thousands of seahorses but their numbers have plummeted in recent years and local divers were amazed when they found a group of the creatures.”
“Italian glacier covered up to prevent melting.
“Experts say that approximately 70% of the snow can be saved over the summer season with the protective covering which basically works in the same way as a reflective window guard similar to those we would put on our dashboard to stop our cars overheating in the hot months.”
“Heatwave to hit Spain with near 50 degree [122F] temperatures.
“AEMET reported that Andalusia will see temperatures this weekend which are said to be “historically high”. They forecast that Malaga and Almeria will be hit with the highest temperatures.”
“Southern Water [UK] dumped raw sewage into sea for years.
“Southern Water discharged enormous volumes of raw sewage into protected coastal waters for nearly six years causing “very considerable environmental damage” because it was cheaper than treating it, a court has heard.”
“Edinburgh Council say extreme weather to blame for floods ‘not faulty drains’…
“Edinburgh Council chiefs say Sunday’s ‘sudden, extreme weather’ left the city’s drainage systems unable to cope – as half of July’s average rainfall fell in just one hour. Social media has been awash with videos and pictures of flash flooding throughout the city…”
“Elsa strengthens into hurricane as it hurtles toward Florida’s Gulf coast.
“A storm that has lashed the Caribbean and the Florida Keys with pounding rain and gusty winds has strengthened into a hurricane as it hurtles toward Florida’s northern Gulf coast, weather officials said on Tuesday.”
“North America Hit Record Temperatures for Hottest June Ever.
“The heatwave that broke temperature records in North America made last month the hottest June ever for the region, according to Europe’s Earth observation agency Copernicus.”
“The Great Salt Lake is drying. Here’s why that matters.
“One of the largest natural lakes in the U.S. is set to hit a 170-year low this year, and drought will only make matters worse. As the Great Salt Lake shrivels, it’s taking a toll on local wildlife, businesses, and air quality.”
“Lake Mead level continues to drop [to new record lows], affecting power production…
“The Oroville Dam and others in California are suffering similar fates. The Department of Water Resources says Lake Oroville may get so low by the end of summer that the Edward Hyatt Power Plant there might not be able to produce any power at all.”
“Another intense heat wave to roast Western U.S., southwest Canada…
“…southwest Canada and much of the western United States are bracing for another bout of exceptional heat amid a pattern that could once again place records in jeopardy. Death Valley, Calif., might spike to 130 degrees.”
“Canada heatwave: Military called in to help battle wildfires.
“According to the British Columbia Wildfire Service, there are 196 active wildfires burning across the province alone following the Pacific Northwest’s record heat wave. At least 40 of the fires began in the last two days…”
“A Billion Seashore Animals Cooked Alive During Pacific Northwest Heat Wave…
“Chris Harley, a marine biologist from the University of British Columbia, told CBC on Monday that he was “stunned” by the putrid stench of death and the sight of tens of thousands of dead clams, snails, mussels and sea stars at a Vancouver beach in late June.”
“Floods hit the State of Mexico: “We lost everything”.
“Alejandra Pineda lights a cigarette to calm her nerves. The scars left by the storm on the walls of his house prove that the water reached five feet. “We lost everything,” he says on the verge of tears.”
“More rain threatens Sea of Japan coast… Torrential rain has been pouring down on areas in the Sanin region. Rain is falling in torrents in the Tokai region as well.
“Authorities are warning of landslides… A Level Five warning — the highest on the one to five scale — has been issued for nearly 2,000 people in the Hiyoshi district of Yakumo Town…”
“Killer rains cut paths through southern regions [of South Korea]… Torrential rain in the southern regions led to floods and landslides that killed at least two people Tuesday.
“Following some 201.5 millimeters (7.9 inches) of rainfall in Gwangyang from Monday to Tuesday morning, a landslide around 6:04 a.m. in a mountainous area of the city tore through two homes and a warehouse, killing an 82-year-old woman…”
“Huge methane leak spotted in heart of China’s coal hub…
“The release in northeast Shanxi province is one of the largest that geoanalytics company Kayrros SAS has so far attributed to the global coal sector and likely emanated from multiple mining operations.”
“Arctic sea ice loss triggering extreme Sept rains in India: Study.
“Summer sea ice loss in the Kara Sea region of the Arctic may be triggering extreme monsoon rainfall events in central India in the month of September, a new paper has suggested.”
“World’s Largest Eagles in Danger Due to Over 70% Deforestation, Study Reveals… A new study recently revealed that the world’s largest eagles are struggling to feed offspring in heavily deforested sites of the Amazon…
“Everton Miranda, together with her colleagues, discovered that eaglets starved in areas of high deforestation…”
“Fish can get hooked on meth that washes into their freshwater homes, to the point that they actively seek out the stimulant, a new study suggests.
“After being used by humans, methamphetamine enters waterways through sewage systems and discharges from wastewater treatment plants… Meth pollutes rivers all over the world…”