Millions across the western United States and Canada were hit hard on Sunday by scorching hot temperatures. The unprecedented rise in temperature forced some roads to be closed, train traffic limited and new evacuations ordered.
There are wildfires continuously spreading in Canada. The government has announced new emergency measures aimed at preventing further fires.
Sweltering heat conditions hit much of the Pacific seaboard. Canadian meteorologists have predicted highs approaching 32 Celsius in parts of western Canada. Though this is well above seasonal norms.
As per the National Weather Service, Las Vegas Saturday matched its all-time record of 117 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a temperature recorded in the desert entertainment city once in 1942 and three other times since 2005.
As per the National Weather service, there will be a dangerous heat wave will affect much of the western US, with record-breaking temperatures likely.
However, Sunday was expected to be only a few degrees cooler there. On the other hand, Death Valley, California which is often the nation’s hottest spot was headed for a high of 126 degrees Fahrenheit.
There is an excessive heat warning for several other urban centers. These include the southern city of Phoenix and San Jose, the center of the Silicon Valley tech industry south of San Francisco.
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