Daily US Times: A sweltering heatwave has hit large parts of the United States Pacific Northwest and Canada, sending records tumbling.
The US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued excessive heat warnings and watches across nearly all of Oregon and Washington state. Parts of Idaho and California are also affected.
Oregon’s Multnomah county has been warned of “life-threatening” heat.
Some cities have opened cooling centres, where people can escape the heat in air-conditioned buildings.
The heatwaves are due to a dome of high pressure hovering over the northwestern United States and Canada.
Climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, according to experts. However, linking any single event to global warming is complicated.
As the climate changes, there could be an increase in the number of deaths from storms, floods and heatwaves, experts say.
US National Weather Service said that even hotter temperatures were forecast on Sunday and Monday throughout the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Basin.
The NWS warned of “several more days of dangerous heat across the northwest corner of the country as well as parts of western Nevada and California”.
Despite the warnings, many people have been enjoying the sunshine, with pools and lakes running at full capacity.
Temperatures are expected to soar 20 – 30F above average in Oregon and Washington states.
Portland and Seattle are expected to break their current all-time high temperature records on both Sunday and Monday.
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