Close-up of Americans - Canadians reeling in the hot sun

 

Children play in a riverside fountain during a heat wave in Portland, Oregon, on June 26. Photo: Bloomberg
Children play in a riverside fountain during a heat wave in Portland, Oregon, on June 26. Photo: Bloomberg

Authorities in the western United States and Canada are warning residents to prepare for a historic heat wave to hit the region.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) said Washington and Oregon states as well as parts of Idaho, Wyoming and California are on extreme heat warnings as temperatures are expected to rise throughout the week.

People shower at a riverside fountain during a heat wave in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Bloomberg
People shower at a riverside fountain during a heat wave in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Bloomberg

On June 26, the temperature in Seattle, Washington state, increased to 38oC, a record high in this city in June.

Trevor Horn and his two children cool off in high temperatures in Washington-USA on June 26. Photo: Reuters
Trevor Horn and his two children cool off in high temperatures in Washington-USA on June 26. Photo: Reuters

"This will likely be one of the longest and most severe heatwaves in recorded history in the interior of the Northwest," the NWS said.

Some of the affected areas are accustomed to mild weather and many households do not have air conditioning, raising concerns about the safety of the elderly and those who are particularly vulnerable in this area. temperature conditions are too high.

People sleep at a cooling center set up in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Reuters
People sleep at a cooling center set up in Portland, Oregon. Photo: Reuters

The heatwave comes after official data showed earlier this month that 88% of the western US is seeing droughts worsened by climate change. Water in the reservoirs is at historic lows and restrictions on water use are in place throughout the region.

Experts told Al Jazeera that drought caused by climate change is draining reservoirs and contributing to early wildfires.

A man plays stand-up paddleboard in Seattle, USA. Photo: AP
A man plays stand-up paddleboard in Seattle, USA. Photo: AP

"The American Southwest is in the midst of a prolonged drought, or super-drought, that we've never seen before," said John Abatzoglou, an associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies climate and weather observed in the record of observations over the past millennium".

In Canada, the government has also issued heat warnings for parts of the western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.

People swim in the sea in Vancouver during high temperatures in Canada. Photo: Reuters
People swim in the sea in Vancouver during high temperatures in Canada. Photo: Reuters

Environment Canada says Lytton in British Columbia, about 250 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, has broken Canada's all-time record for the highest temperature of 46.6 degrees Celsius.

The heat wave is expected to last this week in Alberta. Photo: CBC
The heat wave is expected to last this week in Alberta. Photo: CBC

The agency believes a historic, dangerous and prolonged heatwave will continue this week, forecasting temperatures in some areas to rise nearly 40 degrees Celsius or 10-15 degrees hotter than normal.

Record heat in many US states and Canadian provinces. Photo: Reuters
Record heat in many US states and Canadian provinces. Photo: Reuters

People cool off on the Bow River in Alberta, Canada. Photo: CBC
People cool off on the Bow River in Alberta, Canada. Photo: CBC

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