The third day Canada is suffering from an unprecedented heat. The thermometer in Lytton, British Columbia rose to 49.5 ° C yesterday. Meteorologists blame the “thermal dome” – an effect caused by high atmospheric pressure that covered western Canada and the northwestern United States.
Canadian meteorologists record temperature records – in Lytton yesterday, at 4 pm local time, the temperature was 49.5 ° C. This was announced by the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. At the same time, the unbearable heat lasts for the third day in a row, causing serious health problems among the inhabitants of the country.
Local residents and police have reported dozens of deaths affected by the heat wave. In Vancouver, for example, the number of deaths has reached 69. These are mainly elderly people with chronic health problems. Provincial Governor John Horgan, speaking at a press conference, said: “We are experiencing the hottest week in British Columbia.”
The Ministry of the Environment urges citizens to be careful and warns that “a persistent and dangerous historic heatwave will continue this week.” Experts recommend not to go outside unnecessarily, choose the coolest place at home, cool the body with cold compresses.
The situation in the Northwest United States is no better. Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington have recorded highs since 1940. In many stores, air conditioners and fans were simply “swept away” from the shelves. People move to underground garages in search of a cool spot.
The “heat dome” effect, with which experts associate the current weather anomaly, is an unusual phenomenon that is usually extremely rare. According to experts – “on average, only once every several thousand years.” However, climate change “made these kinds of unusual occurrences more likely.”