On Monday, the Canadian province of British Columbia closed several schools, universities and vaccination centers due to oppressive heat that set national records. He writes, among others, the Reuters news agency.
The town of Lytton, north of Vancouver, recorded a temperature of 46.6 degrees C on Sunday, 1.6 degrees higher than the previous national record, set in Saskatchewan in 1937, according to the Canadian federal ministry of the Environment. and Climate Change Canada (ECCC).
On Tuesday morning Norwegian time, the ECCC reported that the city broke its own record the following day, with a staggering temperature of 47.9°C.
Additionally, more than 40 areas of British Columbia set local heat records on Sunday, according to the BBC. The heat is due to what is described as a “working dome” or “hot dome”.
It is not an unambiguously defined weather phenomenon, according to BBC meteorologist Nick Miller, but describes large areas of high pressure, leading to clear skies and very hot days. The high pressure area extends from California in the United States to the Arctic regions of Canada, according to the BBC.
“It’s a complete shock for a Canadian – it feels like Las Vegas or India, not Vancouver,” defense attorney Chris Johnson told The New York Times.
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