If melting power cables in Portland, Oregon isn’t enough to explain the problem, new satellite data confirms what many sweaty Americans might have guessed: June 2021 is the hottest June on record in North America. The 4,444 new data come from the European Union’s Copernicus Project, which generates climate measurements from billions of observations from satellites, airplanes and weather stations around the world. According to the new June 2021 plan report, last month was also the world’s fourth hottest June on record and the second hottest June on record in Europe.
Although human-induced climate change has steadily increased the average summer temperature year over year (2020, like 2016, is the hottest year on earth on record, as previously reported by Live Science), abnormal weather has also caused in North America high temperature. This month, record heat waves in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada swept through densely populated cities like Seattle and Portland, and stagnant air appeared for several days. The culprit is a dangerous weather phenomenon called the Omega Block, which is essentially a dome of hot air trapped in place by a large current.
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On June 28, Seattle ushered in the hottest day in its history – a very high heat of 108 degrees Fahrenheit (42 degrees Celsius), which is roughly more higher than normal high temperature this time 34 degrees Fahrenheit (19 degrees Celsius). According to the report “Washington Post”, this year. Canada, which was not left out, with the exception of the United States, set a national record for the highest temperature for three consecutive days and finally reached 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49 degrees Celsius) in British Columbia on June 29.
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These records are not surprising, however; Scientists have long predicted that global warming will lead to a steady rise in temperature. But the extreme heat wave in June revealed a new concern: The record for high temperatures set in North America not only surpassed the previous record, it shattered it completely. Peter Stout, a climatologist at the Met Office, told the BBC that during the heat wave, the temperatures in several cities in the United States and Canada were more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees Celsius) higher than previous records. The
data “tells us that changes in average climate not only lead to a rapid increase in extreme temperatures, but also a rapid increase in extreme extreme temperatures,” Stott said.