Heatwave bakes north-west US and Canada

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28th June, 2021 11:15:52 AM printer

Heatwave bakes north-west US and Canada

People have been taking refuge at cooling centres

A sweltering heatwave has hit large parts of the US Pacific Northwest and Canada, sending records tumbling.

The US National Weather Service (NWS) has issued excessive heat warnings and watches across nearly all of Washington and Oregon state. Parts of California and Idaho are also affected.

Multnomah county, in Oregon, has warned of "life-threatening" heat.

Some cities have opened cooling centres, where residents can escape the heat in air-conditioned buildings.

The soaring temperatures are due to a dome of high pressure hovering over northwestern United States and Canada.

Experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, 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 floods, storms and heatwaves, experts say.