The looming “thermal dome” over western Canada broke new temperature records, and issued alerts in three provinces and two Arctic regions on Sunday.
More than 40 new temperature records were set in British Columbia over the weekend, including at Whistler Ski Resort.
High pressures holding hot air in the region are expected to continue to break records throughout the week.
Environment Canada has issued alerts for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan, as well as the Yukon and the Northwest Territories.
“A long, dangerous and historic heat wave will continue this week,” the agency said.
He added that “afternoon temperatures will exceed 30 degrees on Sunday and will peak around 40 degrees in some areas in the middle of the week,” which is 10-15 degrees warmer than usual at this time of year.
The highest temperature ever recorded in Canada was 45 degrees in two cities in Saskatchewan on July 5, 1937, a record that could be broken in the next few days.
“It’s hotter in parts of western Canada than in Dubai,” said David Phillips, Canada’s chief environmentalist.
In stores, air conditioners and fans have been exhausted, city cooling centers have opened and COVID-19 vaccination campaigns have been cancelled.
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