Unliveable! Heatwave hits record 46.6C in Western Canada as US north-west also frazzles with temperatures hotter than Dubai
David Phillips told CTV: “I like to break a record, but this is like shattering and pulverising them.
Earthwindmap showing temps reaching 46.9 deg C 116.42 deg F along the US Canadian border later today.
Temperatures we see in Death Valley, the Arizona desert, North Africa or Arabia hit the Canadian US border.
Lytton in British Columbia soared to 46.6C (116F) on Sunday, breaking an 84-year-old record, officials said. A “heat dome” of high pressure parked over the region has set new records in many other areas. The US and Canada have both warned citizens of “dangerous” heat levels that could persist this week.
There has been a run on air-conditioners and fans, and cooling shelters have sprung up. Some bars and restaurants – and even at least one swimming pool – were deemed too hot to function. Lytton, which is about 150 miles (250km) northeast of Vancouver, surged past the previous Canadian record.
That was set in two towns in Saskatchewan – Yellow Grass and Midale – back in July 1937 at a balmy 45C (113F). Lytton was not alone. More than 40 other spots in British Columbia set new records.
Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CTV: “I like to break a record, but this is like shattering and pulverising them. It’s warmer in parts of western Canada than in Dubai.”
He said there was a chance of topping 47C somewhere.
British Columbia’s power providers said there had been a surge in demand for electricity to keep air-conditioners running.
Environment Canada said Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories, should also be on alert.
In its warning, it forecast a “prolonged, dangerous, and historic heatwave will persist through this week”, with temperatures 10C-15C above normal, at near 40C in many places.