Updated July 12, 2021, at 10:29 p.m.
- Extreme heat wave continues in the United States.
- Meanwhile, 53.3 degrees Celsius was measured in Death Valley.
- More than 30 million people have been issued heat warnings – the death toll is rising.
People in western America should be prepared for extreme heat and wildfires even at the beginning of the week. “Some parts of the west will continue to be hot,” the National Weather Service said in a forecast Monday.
Death Valley, California, which was scorched by incredible heat, measured 53.3 degrees Celsius on Sunday. It was much less than the day before. The heat warning was extended there until Tuesday. In Las Vegas, Nevada, the thermometer rose to 45.6 degrees on Sunday – after 47 degrees on Saturday.
Heat alert for more than 30 million people
The meteorological service had warned more than 30 million people over the weekend in the western U.S. states due to high temperatures. It was also very hot in the states of Utah and Arizona.
West United States The weekend was accompanied, not only by the tremendous heat Wildfire To put up a fight. Authorities say both crews were killed in a plane crash that was used to monitor a fire in Arizona on Saturday. The cause of the accident was not initially known. Wildfires are spreading in Oregon and California. The so-called bootleg fire in Oregon also affected energy supplies to California.
Numerous heat victims and deaths
California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency late last week because of a fire and severe heat in the energy supply.
He previously called on residents of the more populous US state to save electricity and water. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported an increase in heat-related illnesses and deaths in emergency rooms in the western United States.
Flame hell in Canada
Only at the beginning of the month did the heat wave hit the northwest of the United States and western Canada with temperatures of nearly 50 degrees. It was hot Contributed to numerous deaths. In the Canadian community of Lytton, about 260 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, 49.6 degrees was measured – previously 45 degrees in Canada. It was a few days later A city full of flames Almost completely destroyed.
According to the US climate agency NOAA, last month was the hottest month in the country since records began 127 years ago, with an average temperature of 22.6 degrees Celsius. Eight states, including California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah, are returning from this weekend Heat wave Affected – and therefore enjoyed their hottest June.
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