‘Historic’ Heat Wave Takes Aim at Pacific Northwest

‘Historic’ Heat Wave Takes Aim at Pacific Northwest

LOS ANGELES, June 23 (Reuters) – The U.S. Pacific Northwest could experience a historic heat wave in the coming days that could break long-term temperature records, put pressure on the power grid and endanger vulnerable residents, forecasters said Wednesday. A high-pressure dome was built over the upper northwest and Canada, the National Weather Service said, adding that atmospheric conditions were similar to those in California and the United States.

The Meteorological Service has issued additional heat clocks for parts of the states of California, Oregon and Washington, saying “this will set the stage for the start of a potentially historic historic heatwave for the Northwest this weekend.” “Record high temperatures are not expected in the next two days in the Northwest, high temperatures will still be 10 to 20 degrees above average and will reach the weekend when there will be numerous record highs,” the weather service said.

Experts say severe weather events such as the spring heat wave that descended in various parts of the United States later this year cannot be directly linked to climate change. But more unusual weather patterns could become more common amid rising global temperatures, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Showing told Reuters in an interview last week.

While issuing extra heat clocks and warnings, weather services said high temperatures could be dangerous, advising American Northwest residents to stay indoors during the hot part of the afternoon and take care of children, pets and the elderly. Record-breaking temperatures caused strain power grids to recur in several states last week as residents arbitrarily crank air conditioners. But more unusual weather patterns could become more common amid rising global temperatures, National Weather Service meteorologist Eric Showing told Reuters in an interview last week.

While issuing extra heat clocks and warnings, weather services said high temperatures could be dangerous, advising American Northwest residents to stay indoors during the hot part of the afternoon and take care of children, pets and the elderly. Record-breaking temperatures caused strain power grids to recur in several states last week as residents arbitrarily crank air conditioners. 

The weather service suggested issuing new red flag warnings in California and elsewhere that the brutal situation increases the risk of wildfires. In 2020, Wildfire burned more than 6500 square miles (17,000 sq km) of land, destroying hundreds of California homes, especially during the worst fire season.

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