The devastating heat wave that hit the northwestern United States and southwestern Canada in June was the "most extreme summer heat wave" ever recorded in North America , according to a new analysis by the nonprofit Berkeley Earth Research Group. It was much warmer than usual, and record temperatures in the region reached nearly 20 degrees Celsius, or 36 degrees Fahrenheit, above average in June.
According to the verege, Canada recorded its highest temperature ever on June 29 when the village of Lytton in British Columbia reached 49.6 degrees Celsius (121 degrees Fahrenheit). .
He added that the consequences of this heat are staggering, and the scorching temperatures fueled the wildfires, which burned 90 percent of Lytton, and there were at least 570 heat-related deaths in Canada and at least 194 deaths in the United States, and thousands ended up in emergency departments. .
The heat wave in late June was "a 1,000-year event, hopefully," according to a preliminary analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Both NOAA and a separate analysis from an international team of researchers found heat extremes "virtually impossible" without the climate change it causes. Human.
For the entire Northern Hemisphere, June was the warmest month ever and averaged across all land areas. Nearly 4% of the Earth’s surface recorded a record high average temperature during the first half of 2021, according to Berkeley Earth analysis. Despite the cooling effect of a La Niña event looking at the first six months of the year, Robert Rudy, principal scientist at Berkeley Earth, wrote in a tweet, "Nowhere has a record cold."
Globally, the odds of more "record-breaking" heat waves such as the one that took a heavy toll in the United States and Canada in June are likely to increase.
According to research published earlier this week, record-breaking, prolonged extreme heat events are two to seven times more likely to occur between now and 2050 than in the previous three decades. It is today and there is still some hope of avoiding that future - but first, humanity will have to stop burning so much fossil fuel.