Wildfires are raging across the western United States, as the region suffers from a heat wave that has set records in numerous regions.
US Heatwave surge while firefighters battle the blazes in the harsh weather, residents have been advised to evacuate. Two firemen were killed when their plane crashed while responding to a blaze in Arizona. Meanwhile, on Saturday, Las Vegas tied its all-time high temperature of 47.2C (117F).
Firefighters battling the region’s numerous wildfires say the air is so dry that much of the water dropped by planes to put out the flames evaporates before reaching the ground. It comes just weeks after another severe heat wave rocked North America, resulting in hundreds of untimely deaths, many of which were considered to be caused by the heat.
The region experienced its hottest June on record, according to the EU’s Earth observation programme.
Extreme weather phenomena, such as heat waves, are projected to become more common as a result of climate change, according to experts. Nevertheless, it is difficult to attribute any particular incident to global warming. However, according to a study by climate scientists, the extreme heat that ravaged western Canada and the United States at the end of June would have been “nearly unthinkable” without climate change.
The Bureau of Land Management in Arizona paid tribute to two “brave wildland firefighters” who died in a plane crash while conducting aerial reconnaissance, command, and control over the lightning-caused Cedar Basin Fire.
According to preliminary statistics from the National Weather Service (NWS), several places in Nevada and California have matched or broken temperature records, and the high heat is predicted to persist. On Friday, a temperature of 54.4 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) was reported in Death Valley, California, matching one recorded in August 2020, which some claim is the highest temperature ever accurately recorded on Earth.
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