What you need to know about the ‘heat dome’ hovering above B.C., Alberta and territories

Much of British Columbia, northern Alberta and elements of Yukon and the Northwest Territories are experiencing a “heat dome” that’s anticipated to shatter high-temperature data over the subsequent few days.

Temperatures into the 40s Celsius are anticipated for a lot of elements of B.C. Many communities throughout the northern half of Alberta may additionally see temperatures close to the 40 C mark by early subsequent week.

Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon explains the phenomenon and what to count on in British Columbia.

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‘Historic heat wave’ coming to B.C., Alberta: Environment Canada

What is a warmth dome?

A warmth dome is brought on by a powerful ridge of excessive stress that traps heat air beneath it. Although not a time period generally utilized by Environment Canada scientists, the warmth dome will get its identify as a result of the ridge acts like a dome, permitting the solar to crank up the warmth under and create a warmth wave that lasts at the very least just a few days.

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How typically does this occur?

Ridges of excessive stress create scorching spells in B.C. most years however they usually happen in July or August. Another memorable warmth wave occurred in July 2009, when there have been a number of heat-related fatalities and some B.C. climate stations smashed temperatures data. On July 30, 2009, the Vancouver airport set its present native report of 34.4 C.

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Alberta bracing for ‘historic’ warmth wave

Alberta bracing for ‘historic’ warmth wave

How vital is that this?

This 12 months’s ridge is far stronger and sooner than normal. The temperatures for this time of 12 months are unprecedented and elements of B.C. are going to set some all-time data, actually a number of June data and most likely every day most data.

Are there specific elements of B.C. you’re keeping track of?

The complete province is just about underneath warmth warnings, aside from elements of the northwest close to the Yukon border and some coastal areas like West Vancouver Island up to Haida Gwaii. Some of the scorching spots might be locations like Lytton, Osoyoos, Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, Chilliwack in the Fraser Valley and Prince George in the north. Environment Canada is forecasting six days of 40-plus temperatures in Kamloops, which has by no means seen 40 C in June on report.

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How does a warmth dome go away?

Eventually there might be a ridge breakdown, when the province transitions to cooler climate. Usually that’s accompanied with thunderstorms due to built-up power from the warmth.

Once the province will get some destabilization of the environment and some troughs coming in, that often kick-starts some convection and thunderstorms. If accompanying rain showers are restricted, that may create a excessive threat of wildfires.

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