Satellite video of ‘firestorm’ over Canada causes 700,000 lightning in one night
A city in British Columbia that experienced record high temperatures earlier this week has been largely destroyed by a wildfire, with at least two deaths reported.
Lytton suffered peaks of 49.6 ° C on Tuesday, the day before 1,000 residents of the area were forced to flee their homes by the rising flames.
A couple in their 60s who took shelter from the blaze died after a utility pole collapsed and fell on them, according to the Vancouver Sun.
Most of Lytton’s homes and buildings were in ruins as of Thursday afternoon, said Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s security minister.
The British Columbia Wildfire Service reported that the Lytton wildfire was burning uncontrollably over an area of approximately 30 square miles.
Referring to the damage caused by the flames, John Haugen, Acting Chief of the Lytton First Nation, said: “It was like a war zone last night.
The wildfires were sparked by an unprecedented heat wave in western Canada and the United States that is believed to have killed hundreds of people in British Columbia and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington.
Photo: Lytton “90%” damaged by wildfire
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 2:17 PM
Above average temperatures will persist in July
Temperature records in parts of the United States and Canada have been erased in recent days during the current heat wave.
But how long will the scorching heat persist?
The National Weather Service has predicted temperatures will start to drop, but will remain “well above average” in the Northwest and Upper Midwest until July.
The federal agency issued excessive heat warnings for much of Washington and Oregon on Tuesday through July 4.
There will also be extremely hot weather elsewhere, with forecasters predicting that Shoshone, Idaho, for example, will experience 37.2 ° C (99 ° F) to 38.8 ° C (102 ° F) through July 15.
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 2:00 PM
Canadian city “like a war zone” after forest fire
The Canadian town of Lytton looks like a “war zone” after being ravaged by a wildfire, one of its leaders said.
Most of it was destroyed by the flames, including the city center and the health center, and rail and road infrastructure were damaged.
Describing the town, John Haugen, Acting Chief of the Lytton First Nation, said, “It was like a war zone last night.
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 1:40 PM
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Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 1:20 PM
Grocery stores pull perishables because of the heatwave
Washington state grocery stores have pulled perishable items from their shelves due to the heatwave, Business Insider reported.
It comes as parts of Oregon and Washington broke temperature records earlier this week.
A Mill Creek, Wash., Store has had to stop selling dairy and meat products, according to a Fox News subsidiary in Seattle.
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 1:05 PM
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Emma SnaithJuly 2, 2021 12:47
Temperature record verified in Antarctica
Another temperature record was broken – this time in Antarctica.
The World Meteorological Organization has verified that highs of 18.3 ° C were recorded there on February 6 of this year.
The temperature was recorded at an Argentinian station based on the mainland.
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 12:45
Satellite image shows the extent of wildfires around Lytton, British Columbia
Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 12:25
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Rory SullivanJuly 2, 2021 12:05 PM
Video: Wildfire destroys British Columbia town
Ninety percent of the Canadian town of Lytton was destroyed by wildfire.
Here is a video showing the devastation caused by the flames: