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Pacific Northwest heat wave has no historical precedent and is fueling wildfires

Reproduced from Robert Rohde, Lead Scientist at Berkeley Earth; Chart: Axios Visuals

The extreme heat that shattered records across the Pacific Northwest — and still has not abated in many areas — has no precedent in modern record-keeping, data analyses shows. This is also the case in British Columbia, where the temperature soared to an almost unimaginable 121°F in Lytton on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Heat of this magnitude is proving to be deadly, which is consistent with findings that heat waves are typically the deadliest weather phenomena in the U.S. each year.

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