US Heatwave: California And Nevada Brace For Record-Breaking Temperatures
It comes just weeks after another dangerous heatwave hit North America, and the region has experienced the hottest June on record.
California’s Death Valley on Friday recorded a high of 54.4C (130F), with similar heat expected this weekend.
Millions of people in the US are under warnings of excessive heat.
The National Weather Service has advised those affected to drink plenty of water and stay in air conditioned buildings.
The temperature in Death Valley on Friday matches one recorded in August 2020 – which some argue is the highest temperature ever reliably recorded on Earth. A temperature of 56.7C was recorded in 1913, but this is contested by climate experts.
Forecasters say Las Vegas’s record of 47.2C could also be passed.
Canada is also bracing for extreme heat, though it is not expected to approach the temperatures seen at the end of last month when the village Lytton in British Columbia reached 49.6C, breaking the country’s highest recorded temperature.
The heatwave saw spikes in sudden deaths and increases in hospital visits for heat-related illnesses.
Lightning strikes also sparked dozens of wildfires, forcing people to flee from their homes.
Experts say that climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves. But linking any single event to global warming is complicated.