After almost a full week of record-breaking heat, the village of Lytton located in southern British Columbia now faces a new tragedy.
From Sunday, June 27th, to Tuesday, June 29th, Lytton broke the all-time Canadian high-temperature record, with each day hotter than the last. The heat peaked on Tuesday when the temperature reached 121 F (49.6 C).
Now extreme heat and dry conditions have brought another danger: wildfires.
A fire broke out late Wednesday afternoon and according to eyewitnesses, the village was engulfed in flames within minutes.
More than 1,000 people living in and around Lyttonwere forced to leave with little notice, racing out of town as smoke and flames virtually decimated the entire community.
It’s now been reported that 90 percent of the town has been destroyed in the fire.
According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), British Columbia has broken 43 all-time temperature records as of June 28.
AccuWeather forecasters say that while the worst of the heat has already occurred, temperatures will still remain well above average through early next week.
“With high temperatures likely topping out in the 90s F (~32-34 C) through early next week, this will make for uncomfortable conditions for firefighters,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Randy Adkins said.
This most recent heatwave was and continues to be, one of the worst ever experienced by southwestern Canada and the northwestern United States. The heatwave was also quick to turn deadly for British Columbia, with several hundred deaths already reported.
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