Hotspot Lytton in British Columbia — about 250 kilometres (155 miles) northeast of Vancouver — broke the record “for Canada’s all time maximum high” with a temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius (116 Fahrenheit), said Environment Canada.
More than 40 new temperature highs were recorded throughout the province over the weekend, including in the ski resort town of Whistler. And the high-pressure ridge trapping warm air in the region is expected to continue breaking more records throughout the week.
Environment Canada issued alerts for British Columbia, Alberta, and parts of Saskatchewan, Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
“A prolonged, dangerous, and historic heat wave will persist through this week,” it said, forecasting temperatures near 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) in several regions, or 10-15 degrees Celsius hotter than normal.
The US National Weather Service issued a similar warning about a “dangerous heat wave” that could see record temperatures rise to more than 30 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in parts of Washington and Oregon states. The highest temperature previously recorded in Canada was 45 degrees Celsius in two towns in southeastern Saskatchewan in July 1937.
“I like to break a record, but this is like shattering and pulverising them,” Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told broadcaster CTV “It’s warmer in parts of western Canada than in Dubai.”
– FRANCE 24