A village in British Columbia set a record high temperature for Canada on Sunday, beating a previous record of 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
Environment Canada, a government weather agency, said on Twitter that the village of Lytton climbed to just over 115 degrees.
Lytton's official high temperature today June 27, 2021 is 46.6 C. Lytton BC now holds the record for Canada's all time maximum high. The previous record was 45.0 C set on July 5, 1937 at Yellow Grass, and Midale, SK.— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) June 28, 2021
CTV News is reporting that the temperature on Tuesday could get close to 117 degrees.
Vancouver and the rest of the Pacific Northwest is also experiencing record heat, according to The Washington Post. The temperature at the local airport spiked to 89 degrees on Sunday, a record for the area, which usually experiences mild weather.
Portland and Seattle have both recently set record temperatures at 112 degrees and 103 degrees, respectively.
A “heat dome,” a stretched-out area of high pressure, over the region is being blamed for the record temperatures.
Experts told the Post that climate change can increase the likelihood of extreme weather events such as this one.
Cities in at least eight states across the U.S. saw record-breaking temperatures last week, and wildfires ignited across Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
The Environmental Protection Agency said the intensity of the heatwaves is a sign of climate change.