Over 30 million people are under heat alerts across western states as temperatures are forecast to soar this weekend.
Nearly the entire state of California will be impacted by this heat wave, in addition to major metro areas in the Southwest. Numerous daily temperature records will be broken and some all-time records may also be in jeopardy
Las Vegas could surpass its record-high of 117F as residents of US west face very high risk of heat-related illness
More than 31 million people across the US west and south-west are bracing for a brutal heatwave that could bring triple-digit temperatures this weekend, with authorities warning that records could be broken in many regions of California and Nevada. Officials have said that Las Vegas could even surpass its record-high temperature of 117F.
A fire tornado has been captured on video at the Tennant fire in northern California. It is one of the latest signs of extreme weather threatening the US West, which is facing severe drought and record high temperatures. Though rare, similar phenomena have been seen on video in recent years.
The drought is making the Sacramento River so hot that “nearly all” of an endangered salmon species’ juveniles could be cooked to death this fall, California officials warned this week.
In a brief update on the perilous state of the river issued this week, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife made a dire prediction about the endangered winter-run Chinook salmon and its struggles against consistently hot weather in the Sacramento Valley.
“This persistent heat dome over the West Coast will likely result in earlier loss of ability to provide cool water and subsequently it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season,” the department said.
British Columbia scientist says heat essentially cooked mussels: ‘The shore doesn’t usually crunch when you walk’
More than 1 billion marine animals along Canada’s Pacific coast are likely to have died from last week’s record heatwave, experts warn, highlighting the vulnerability of ecosystems unaccustomed to extreme temperatures.
The “heat dome” that settled over western Canada and the north-western US for five days pushed temperatures in communities along the coast to 40C (104F) – shattering longstanding records and offering little respite for days.
The intense and unrelenting heat is believed to have killed as many as 500 people in the province of British Columbia and contributed to the hundreds of wildfires currently burning across the province.
The John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens experienced departure delays up to an hour and 15 minutes long due to the weather conditions. LaGuardia Airport in Queens experienced departure delays up to an hour and 45 minutes in length.
A travel advisory was issued by New York City Emergency Management as a result of the weather conditions, New York State Senator Andrew Gounardes announced.
A Con Edison power plant in Queens caught fire on Thursday night after a transformer was struck by lightning. According to Brooklyn News 12, the power lines were not damaged and no outages were reported as a result of the incident.
“It’s been very humid over the Northeast and specifically in New York City all week long,” AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bob Larson said. The past few afternoons have brought thunderstorms to the city day after day.
While the conditions were not directly from Tropical Storm Elsa, which made its way into the city the following day, Larson said Elsa has caused the humidity in the city to be increased.