Canada records new all-time highest temperature

Lytton hits a high of 46.1 degrees as heat records tumble across British Columbia

A woman holds a  child under a waterfall at a park in Washington, DC, as swathes of the US and Canada endure record-setting heat. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

A woman holds a child under a waterfall at a park in Washington, DC, as swathes of the US and Canada endure record-setting heat. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images

 

The village of Lytton in the interior of southern British Columbia sizzled on Sunday under a new all-time high temperature for Canada, reaching 46.1 degrees Celsius.

The reading on Sunday by Environment Canada in Lytton surpassed the previous national high of 45 degrees, which was set in Saskatchewan in 1937.

As the US Pacific Northwest sweltered to the south, a heat warning also was in effect for most of western Canada, and the weather agency said numerous daily temperature records had been broken across British Columbia.

Environment Canada expects temperatures to begin cooling on Tuesday.

In the coastal city of Vancouver, where the temperature peaked at 31 degrees at mid-afternoon on Sunday, many people headed to the beach, though the crowds appeared smaller than usual in the sweltering heat.

Others, like Natalie Moser, sought out the shade at neighbourhood parks.

Ms Moser said she would normally stay at a local hotel to enjoy the pool during especially hot weather, but that option was hampered by pandemic restrictions.

She said she thought the beach would be too hot, even with an umbrella in hand.

“Today was just really about getting something that was cool,” she said. – AP