September 23, 2021

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The American West was engulfed in intense heat

In Everett (Washington State), firefighters opened a fire hydrant on June 26, 2021 to cool people.

Weather services have been warning for days against the coming of a dangerous heat wave. They are not wrong. A new manifestation of the great impact of global warming in North America, the northwestern Pacific region, usually with mild weather, was closed on Monday, June 28, with the repressive “heat dome”. In Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, temperatures hit historic highs: 40 நிலையத்தில் C at the airport.

The National Weather Service has officially released excessive heat advice, advising residents to avoid going outside for the third day in a row. The “hot dome” caused by high pressures capturing hot air that settled in British Columbia in Canada, where the national record was also largely broken: it was 46.6 C, 260 km northwest of Lytton in Vancouver. The national temperature recorded in Canada on July 5, 1937 was 45 C in Saskatchewan.

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In the U.S. Northwest, about 13 million people suffer from heatstroke, although they are not prepared for high temperatures. Air Conditioning is Rare There: Although the share of air conditioning homes (44%) has increased by 13 points in four years, Seattle has the least comfort in major American cities. Hotels, with their air-conditioned rooms, were taken by storm. The city invited residents to seek refuge in public libraries.

High temperatures at night

In Oregon, restrictions were lifted due to restrictions on access to Covit-19 shopping malls, swimming pools and theaters. Roads were cut and affected by asphalt blisters. Portland Street Carr service was disrupted when it discovered power cables had melted in the heat.

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High temperatures at night worry public health officials because they prevent the body from recovering, especially in the elderly, which are very fragile. While the harvest is at its peak in the state of Washington cherries across the country, the condition of farm workers who are sometimes housed in tents is worrying – 4,500 tons per day – and at risk of wilting. “The pressure is strong to pick them up quickly”, Warning United farm workers, Which calls for federal law to suspend work during extreme heat waves.

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