Canada heatwave – level 2

07-07-2021 07:00

A heatwave hit western parts of Canada and the US, and it broke Canada’s temperature record three times last week.

In some parts of central British Columbia, temperatures reached almost 50 degrees Celsius. Officials asked people to stay out of the sun and drink plenty of water. 233 people died in British Columbia in the last four days, which was 100 more than usual. Schools closed and the heat burned the crops in the prairies where farmers grew wheat and canola.

The wave of hot air went from California, US, to the Arctic. Experts said that extreme weather would be more common in the future, but it was not possible to say if Canada’s heatwave was the result of global warming.

Difficult words: prairie (a large area of grassland in North America), canola (a plant with yellow flowers which people use to make oil and feed animals), global warming (the increase in the earth’s air and ocean temperatures).

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