Heatwave stokes North America’s warmest June on record
July 7, 2021: Last month was the hottest June on record in North America, which saw a deadly heatwave in various parts of the region, the European Union’s climate monitoring service said on Wednesday.
The effects of the increase have been clarified. Record-breaking temperatures ranged from the southwest to the northwest of the United States and Canada, where British Columbia broke daily record temperatures for three days in a row.
The region was 1.2 degrees Celsius (34.2 degrees Fahrenheit) above the 1991-2020 average in June, according to the Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S).
“These heatwaves are not happening in a vacuum. They are happening in a global climate environment that is warming and which makes them more likely to occur,” said C3S climate scientist Julien Nicolas.
It was the second warmest June on record for Europe, with northern Siberia also experiencing extremely hot temperatures. Nichols told AFP that it was already well understood that hate waves were more frequent, more intense and lasted longer than in the past. “The heatwave we saw last month in North America, western Russia and northern Siberia are the latest examples of this trend, which is likely to continue in the future, and this is the warming of our global climate,” he said.
According to a C3S report, the affected areas also had unusually dry soil, which was described as “life threatening” by both forest fires and heat. Dozens of fires have broken out in different parts of Canada in recent days, with hot-headed heatwave and tinder droughts.
“What happened in Canada was a big jump with respect to the previous record,” said Carlo Buontempo, the director of C3S. “These hot records are a powerful reminder of the impact climate change could have on our lives,” he told AFP.
The 2015 Paris Agreement calls for capping the increase in global temperatures at “well below” two degrees Celsius, and 1.5 degrees if possible.
Human activity has driven global temperatures up some 1.1 degrees Celsius so far, stoking increasingly fierce storms, extreme heatwaves, droughts and wildfires.
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