Equilibrium & Sustainability

Record high 114 temperature set in Canada

The Canadian flag is seen at the U.S. Embassy in Washington, D.C., on June 18
Greg Nash

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.

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.

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