The planet is "boiling": Asphalt is melting in the US - More than 230 dead in Canada (VIDEO-IMAGES)

Many areas have been hit by the heatwave, which is hitting the whole planet and the competent authorities are on foot to deal with the consequences.

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Many areas have been hit by the heatwave, which is hitting the entire planet, and while the competent authorities are already on foot to deal with the consequences.

The heatwave in Canada has spread to the northeastern United States. The White House has announced that Joe Biden will meet with the governors of the western states, which have been hit by the heat, to discuss the unprecedented temperatures and the worst drought in two decades.

Cities south of Vancouver, such as Portland in Oregon and Seattle in Washington, D.C., known for their cold and humid climates, are hit by extreme heat. Temperatures have been at record levels since 1940, when records began to be kept. In many areas the very high temperatures melted the asphalt.

Mercury climbed to 46,1 degrees Celsius at Portland Airport on Monday afternoon and 41,6 ° C at Seattle, according to the US National Weather Service (NWS).

After three days of heat, Oregon officials fear catastrophic wildfires. One after another, cities ban fireworks, trying to prevent fires on July 4, Independence Day.

Similar warnings are issued by the fire brigade, which calls on citizens to show responsibility and not to set fires, in the context of prevention. "In the end, we can not control the weather, but citizens can control their behavior," said a spokesman for the fire department. The worries come after last year's fires, which are still considered fresh in the memory of the citizens. The Fire Brigade warns that the risk of fire is very high.

Biden meets with governors

For his part, US President Joe Biden will meet with Western governors on Wednesday.

The focus will be on the recent problems of drought, heat and fires, which are increasing with climate change.

The heatwave has already caused the worst drought in two decades in most of the northwestern states, and fires have already broken out in California, Nevada and Washington. At the same time, in many areas there is a problem of water scarcity.

In the "red" the Arctic Circle

Problems are also observed in Siberia, where the thermometer has climbed in recent days to 48 Degrees Celsius with the heat wave persisting, causing great concern to scientists.

The British newspaper "Independent" writes that the temperature in the Arctic Circle has hit "red".

According to the European Union's Atmospheric Monitoring Service "Copernicus", the surface temperature "exceeded" 35 degrees Celsius throughout this region of Russia, from the first day of summer.

More than 230 dead in Canada

Mercury in British Columbia showed almost 50 degrees Celsius yesterday with the deadly heat wave continuing to hit the province of Canada since last Friday, killing at least 233 people.

The chief medical examiner of the Canadian province stressed that the number of deaths due to the unprecedented heat is "unprecedented in time". Lisa Lapoid told CNN that Canadian authorities had recorded at least 233 deaths from last Friday to Monday, adding that "this number will increase as the data continues to be updated."

Medical examiners are now gathering information to determine the causes of death and whether the heatwave, as they point out, has played a catalytic role.

Exposure to heat can even lead to death, especially in the elderly, infants and young children as well as people with chronic diseases.

Sudden deaths have risen in Vancouver

In addition, Canadian authorities have noticed an increase in sudden deaths in Vancouver and its suburb of Burnaby. "We have never experienced anything like this in Vancouver," Sgt Media Relations Officer Steve Addison told a news conference.

Mercury in downtown Vancouver reached 37 degrees Celsius on Saturday, 37,5 degrees Celsius on Sunday and 38 degrees Celsius on Monday. In the Canadian city of Surrey, 6 sudden deaths were recorded since last Monday, according to CNN. In the city of Burnaby, police have recorded more than 35 sudden deaths since Monday.

"We see that the heatwave makes vulnerable mainly vulnerable groups, the elderly and those who have underlying diseases. "It's imperative that we take care of each other during this extreme heat," said Mike Callange. Many of the dead were elderly, Canadian police said.

At least 34 people died suddenly between Monday and Tuesday in the Vancouver area, a sharp rise in the death toll most likely due to the heat wave, Canadian federal police announced today.

"Padlock" in schools and vaccination centers

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Burnaby, schools and vaccination centers against the disease Covid-19 They put a padlock, sports games were postponed and the residents sought refuge in air-conditioned areas.

In western Canada and the United States, mercury showed desert temperatures. In Leighton, British Columbia, the temperature reached 49,5 degrees Celsius yesterday. It is the third day that the temperature has reached a record, as CNN points out.

Earlier this week, temperatures in Canada did not exceed 45 degrees Celsius.

Air conditioners and fans are exhausted

However, "the dangerous and historic heat wave will last all week," the Canadian Environment Agency said in a statement, issuing warnings to British Columbia and Alberta.

The stock of air conditioners and fans in the area has been exhausted and some cities have announced that they are opening their air-conditioned spaces to the citizens. The vaccination campaign for COVID-19 was canceled in many areas and schools closed.

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Where is the unprecedented heat wave attributed?

The heat wave, which was attributed to forest fires on both sides of the US-Canadian border, is explained by the phenomenon of the "heat dome", ie high pressures that capture masses of hot air in the area.

This phenomenon "is becoming more and more frequent and intense as the concentrations of gases that cause the greenhouse effect lead to rising temperatures worldwide," the World Meteorological Organization warned yesterday. It starts "earlier" and ends "later" and gradually has "increasing costs to human health and health systems" in each country, he added.

Meteorologists explain that this weather phenomenon is "extremely rare statistically, to the extent that we can say that we expect it once every thousand years on average. "But climate change has made this kind of rare phenomenon more likely."

According to Nick Bond, a climatologist at Washington State University, climate change is certainly one of the factors that caused the extreme temperatures, but "secondary".

"The main reason is this very unusual meteorological model" of the "heat dome", he explained. However, "climate change is a reality, temperatures here have risen", which "made this heat episode even more serious".

Source: Protothema.gr