The historic heat wave in the west set hundreds of new temperature records
UPDATE, Tuesday June 29th: Another day of the historic west heat wave and hundreds more high temperature records were broken from British Columbia to Saskatchewan. The Canadian all-time record high of over 84 years has fallen for the second time in less than 24 hours. Lytton RCS in the Frasier Valley recorded an incredibly hot 47.9 ° C on Monday afternoon, beating the record of 46.6 ° C set at the same location the previous day. The previous benchmark for Canada was 45C (113F) in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan during the Dust Bowl year of 1937.
Record heat has risen north to the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Alaska. The NWT’s Nahanni Butte area set an all-time territory record on Monday with a high of 38.1 ° C (100.5 ° F). Whitehorse in the Yukon reached 30.1 ° C (86F). We are unlikely to be finished with the record as the heat wave is expected to last all week. Stay tuned!
Previous Post: Records are about to be broken, and this one lasted for 84 years. The hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada was 45 ° C (113 ° F), which was set on July 5, 1937 in Yellow Grass and Midale, Saskatchewan. That was until yesterday.
A hot high pressure dome has rewritten the record books in western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. Hundreds of new daily, monthly and all-time temperature records have been set, including the benchmark temperature for the Canadian heat. On Sunday afternoon, June 27, 2021, Lytton hit 115.9 ° F (46.6 ° C) on the Frasier River in southern interior British Columbia, breaking the old record. It could get even hotter this week, with a high of 47 ° C for Monday and Tuesday.
Just for comparison, you know how hot the weather in Montreal has been for the past 24 hours, with a high of 32.5 ° C (90.5 ° F).
The unprecedented heat has put incredible strain on the electricity grid across the region, making it extremely dangerous for local residents, animals and those who have to work outdoors. The risk of fire is also increased in the entire region, as the forests remain extremely dry. The heat wave is expected to last all week and spread eastward into Alberta and Saskatchewan. Even Edmonton predicts high temperatures close to 40 ° C. Relief is not expected until the coming weekend at the earliest.