A wave of “extreme heat” and a deadly fire in California

According to forecasts, the temperature will reach 43 degrees in some parts of the country.

A wave of “extreme heat” hit millions of Americans this weekend, with several record temperatures expected in the Midwest and Northeast, while a massive wildfire ravaged California.

“Extreme heat will continue across Central America and spread into the Northeast this weekend, with several temperature records expected to be set across the region today (Saturday) and Sunday.” , The National Weather Service (NWS) announced.

“This heat will fuel severe weather across the northern Midwest today (Saturday), with a significant threat of damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes,” the NWS continued in its bulletin.

up to 43 degrees Celsius

The sweltering heat, indicating the threat posed by global warming, was particularly felt in the capital Washington, where temperatures could flirt with the index band of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius. New York did not escape with temperatures near 35 degrees.

Temperatures will reach 43 degrees in parts of Utah (west), Arizona (south) and the Northeast, according to the NWS.

In Boston, where Mayor Michelle Wu has declared a heat emergencyIt could be 37 degrees on Sunday, keeping municipal spaces cool and swimming pools open longer.

California wildfires

This heat increases the risk of fire. A massive wildfire called the “Oak Fire” broke out in the western United States on Friday In Mariposa County, near Yosemite National ParkIts giant sequoias were already threatened by fire ten days ago.

Spread over 2500 hectares, the “Oak Fire” has already destroyed ten properties and damaged five more. According to this Saturday morning bulletin from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, it is completely out of control.

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Effect of climate change

The American West has already experienced wildfires of exceptional size and intensity in recent years, with a significant lengthening of the fire season.

The planet has already recorded several heat waves this year in July in Western Europe or March-April in India. According to scientists, their proliferation is a clear sign of climate change.

In June 2021, an extremely rare “heat dome” devastated the entire West Coast of the United States and Canada, killing more than 500 people and causing massive fires, with temperatures approaching 50 degrees.

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