Scorching summer heat hits Canada, remnants of Hurricane Beryl approaching | NanaimoNewsNOW

Scorching summer heat hits Canada, remnants of Hurricane Beryl approaching | NanaimoNewsNOW

In the small community of Fort Liard, in the southwestern corner of the Northwest Territories, temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius are expected through Wednesday, well above the average high of 23 degrees Celsius.

Environment Canada will provide an update on the heat wave in Western Canada on Monday afternoon.

On the other side of the country, daytime highs around 30°C are expected across much of Atlantic Canada, with humidex values ​​approaching 40°C in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Meanwhile, the European climate service Copernicus reported that global temperatures in June reached a record high for the 13th consecutive month. The agency said June was the 12th consecutive month that the world was 1.5C warmer than the pre-industrial average. Most countries agreed to try to limit global warming to 1.5C as part of the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Eastern Canada, which was hit by a severe heat wave in mid-June, is one of the regions where temperatures were most above average.

According to Copernicus, June was also the 15th consecutive month with record high sea surface temperatures.

A strong El Niño weather pattern has helped push global temperatures higher over the past year, the United Nations weather agency said. But the World Meteorological Organization warned last month that the past nine years have been the warmest on record, even with the cooling influence of a multi-year La Niña event.

“The end of El Niño does not mean an end to climate change in the long term, as our planet will continue to warm due to heat-trapping greenhouse gases,” WMO Deputy Secretary-General Ko Barrett said in a statement in June.

Later this week, the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, which wreaked havoc across parts of the Caribbean last week, are expected to reach Ontario and Quebec, bringing rain and a chance of thunderstorms.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 8, 2024.