‘Sooner or later there will be episodes of 50 degrees in Spain’.
Western Canada and the north-western United States are currently being hit by an unbearable heat wave and meteorologists have warned that ‘sooner or later there will be episodes of 50 degrees in Spain’.
Western Canada and the north-western United States, in particular Oregon and Washington, have been hit with unbearable heat for several days.
The heatwave in Canada and the US has been called “historic” and they are experiencing nearly 50 degrees Celsius. The Canadian province of British Columbia is being hardest hit by the heatwave and this has proved deadly. The average excess death toll for the time of year has been exceeded by hundreds of deaths. The average death toll has grown to 3 times what is expected.
Canada saw thermometers hit 49.6 degrees Celsius in Lytton, which is a record high. Previously the highest temperature seen in Canada was 45 degrees Celsius Midale, Saskatchewan, this was recorded in 1937.
José Miguel Viñas, meteorologist at the weather website Meteored, said: “Basically, we are talking about a mass of very warm air that concentrates in a certain area and, in the absence of a persistent wind strong enough to move it, remains stationary. This is what is known as a high pressure ridge.
“What is normal for this time of year in these northern territories is for temperatures to range between 20 and 25 degrees Celsius. It’s as if Santander suddenly reached 46 or 47 degrees Celsius.”
The climate expert predicts that heatwaves will become more frequent due to global warming. He expects that Spain will feel the brunt of this soon and will see temperatures hit those similar to the highs recorded in Canada.
Viñas said: “Sooner or later there will be episodes of heat in Spain where temperatures will reach 50 degrees Celsius, predictably in the southern part of the peninsula.”
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