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This massive heat wave is scorching the Pacific Northwest and Canada

The 2021 heat waves continue — this time hitting the Pacific Northwest and Canada

The Seattle skyline during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest.
Kayakers and boaters ply the waters of Elliott Bay with the Seattle skyline behind during a heat wave hitting the Pacific Northwest, Sunday, June 27, 2021.
John Froschauer, Associated Press

It’s still really hot. A massive heatwave has scorched parts of the Pacific Northwest and Canada this week, bringing record-breaking numbers to millions of people.

What happened in the Pacific Northwest?

Per USA Today, temperatures skyrocketed into the triple digits across the Northwest over the weekend. Records sizzled up on Saturday and Sunday before they were toasted again on Monday.

  • For example, Portland recorded its highest-ever recording on Saturday with a 108-degree Fahrenheit temperature reading, per the National Weather Service. Then, on Sunday, the temperature shattered again as the temperature hits 110 degrees. Yikes.
  • Seattle saw 102-degree temperatures on Saturday — which is the hottest June day on record for the city. The city then saw 101 degrees on Sunday, the hottest two consecutive days for the city since 1894 — when records were first recorded, according to USA Today.

What happened in Canada?

Per Fox News, Canada hit its highest temperature in history when it reached 115 degrees in a village in British Columbia on Sunday.

  • The rising temperatures have come because of a “heat dome” of high pressure in the region, according to BBC News.

Concern from experts

More records were expected to break for Monday, too, said Environment Canada meteorologist Derek Lee, according to CBC.

  • “So you thought yesterday was hot out? Tomorrow might be even hotter,” Lee said. “I know a lot of people probably aren’t prepared for the heat, but we still have a few more days to go.”

Experts are worried that the increased temperature is a sign that the heat waves and scorching temperatures won’t go away too soon.

  • “We know from evidence around the world that climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity and duration of heatwaves. We’re going to have to get used to this going forward,” said Kristie Ebi, a professor at the University of Washington who studies global warming, according to USA Today.