Graphic reveals how temperature records toppled across northern US and Canada

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 (Datawrapper - The Independent)
(Datawrapper - The Independent)

Temperature records have been smashed across the Pacific north-west over the past few days as the region continues to swelter in an unprecedented heatwave.

Weather stations at Seattle and Portland international airports have recorded their hottest-ever temperature (46.1C and 41.7C respectively) while in Vancouver, the temperature reached 32.4C, the third hottest figure since 1948.

The phenomenon is being attributed by meteorologists to a “heat dome” lingering over the northern hemisphere and trapping concentrations of hot air in place. Climate scientists say this is evidence of the ever-worsening climate crisis.

The staggering temperatures records can be compared in the chart below:

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