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Canada recorded the highest temperature in its history after a village in British Columbia hit 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday.
Temperatures in Lytton, BC, exceeded the previous national record of 113 ° F (45 ° C) set in Saskatchewan on July 5, 1937, according to Environment Canada.
“Did we read that correctly … you say the maximum temperature ever for all 10 provinces in any season? That’s phenomenal!” tweeted the National Weather Service of Missoula, Montana.
More records are expected to be broken on Monday, Environment Canada meteorologist Derek Lee said, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
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“So you thought yesterday was hot? It could get hotter tomorrow, ”said Lee. “I know a lot of people are probably not prepared for the heat, but we still have a few days to go.”
Parts of Canada and the Pacific Northwest are currently sultry under a “heat dome,” which is essentially a strong high pressure ridge that traps warm air underneath – like a dome, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist Dave Phillips told CTV News on Saturday .
Much of western Canada is under a heat warning, and numerous daily temperature records have been broken across BC, north of Washington state, the country’s meteorological agency said.
“This is a head shake for someone like a climatologist like me. I mean, I like to break records, but it’s like being smashed and pulverized, ”said Phillips. “Parts of western Canada are warmer than Dubai. I mean, it just doesn’t look Canadian.”
Phillips noted that the extreme heat could pose significant health risks to the elderly and those with underlying health problems. The risk of forest fires is also worrying, he added.
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In the US, Portland, Oregon hit 112 degrees Fahrenheit (44.4 degrees Celsius) on Sunday, breaking its all-time temperature record of 108 F (42.2 degrees Celsius) – set a day earlier.
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The temperature reached 40 ° C in Seattle as well – an area more known for rain than heat. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), that temperature was an all-time record for the city.
With less than half of residents of the Pacific Northwest having air conditioning at home, the intense heat sparked the opening of “cooling centers” and health warnings. More than 90% of the of American west is also in the midst of an historic and life threatening drought thattch through the summer.
Fox News’ Julia Musto and the Associated Press contributed to this report