Heat takes over US while Canada orders evacuations, road closures
- Canadian weather experts projected temperatures reaching 90 degrees Farenheit
- Las Vegas recorded temperatures as high as 117 degrees Fahrenhiet
- Canadian authorities announced emergency measures to prevent wildfires
The United States and Canada, in the western regions, were hit by another wave of blistering high temperatures on Sunday as efforts like mass evacuations, road closures and alteration of public transport timings were underway in Canada.
While Canadian weather experts suggest the possibility of mercury hitting 90 degrees Fahrenheit, which is unusual in ongoing seasons, the National Weather Services of the United States said on Sunday on its website, “A dangerous heatwave will affect much of the western US, with record-breaking temperatures likely”, according to reports from AFP.
Nevada's Las Vegas, often given the tag of the desert city of the United States, broke records after recording an all-time high temperature, which reached 117 degrees Fahrenheit, just one day before the National Weather Services issued the warning.
Similarly, California’s Death Valley, a location that usually records the highest temperature in the country during all seasons, saw temperature scales headed for a high of 126 degrees Fahrenheit.
Warnings about record temperatures were also issued for areas like Phoenix and San Jose, according to reports from AFP.
While the United States dealt with the high temperatures, Canada went on step ahead to take emergency measures to mitigate any possible crisis that could be triggered due to the heat.
Omar Alghabra, the minister of transport for Canada, announced steps to combat wildfires and further deaths in the country caused by the record-high temperatures.
Several roads and highways in the area have been closed as the government rated the wildfire risk in much of the province as "extreme." A dozen towns or locales remained under evacuation orders, according to reports from AFP.
The town of Lytton, which is located about 250 kilometers from the prominent Canadian city Vancouver, will be receiving investigators to probe the late June fire that destroyed 90% of the town, reported AFP.