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How Hot Will Canada Get?

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The last three years have been the hottest on record, according to Reuters, with 2017 being the most expensive in terms of severe weather events. In California, firefighters are still working to put out the largest fire in the state’s history. 2018 will likely be the fourth-hottest year on record. In Canada, over 70 people have died from deadly heat waves already this year. Global warming is likely to blame, and according to the New York Times, the new normal of hot isn’t here yet; temperatures will likely continue to rise in the years to come.

In Canada, heat records have been broken in the following cities:

  • Halifax
  • Saint John
  • Charlottetown
  • Calgary
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Toronto, and more

So just how hot will Canada become?

In a country notoriously known for snow and cold, it’s astounding so many heat waves have hit the country just this year alone. In the Northwest Territories, temperatures are rising faster than almost anywhere on Earth. According to scientists, there will likely be more droughts which could lead to more hard-to-control fires, and much hotter and more common extremes in weather. Hotter winters might sound nice to some, but could actually lead to an ecological disaster: Killing trees that depend on the cold to kill bugs that act as their predators. Wildfire season starts sooner than it used to already, and that could be pushed up even further. Spruce, pine, and aspen trees could die off. Salmon and herring catches will decline.

The global impact, of course, stretches far beyond Canada, and affects far more than just wildlife. People living in already-hot locations will likely seek refuge in cooler climates. Deaths from heat-related events may increase if people are not prepared.

It’s unlikely we can stop global warming at this point, but there are ways you can help slow it down.

And in the event you find yourself caught in a heat wave…

  • Get A/C – it’s becoming non-negotiable even in Canada. If you don’t have A/C, spend some time in a public building that does
  • Take advantage of pools or lakes, or simply take a cold bath – especially if you don’t have A/C
  • Stay hydrated, with water
  • Recognize signs of heat-related illness
    • Headaches from dehydration, severe fatigue, flushed skin, and your body’s inability to sweat are all signs you need to seek cooler temperatures and medical attention immediately
    • Young children and the elderly are more at risk for heat-related illnesses and need to be monitored carefully in the heat

Canada’s temperatures will continue to climb over the years. Staying safe during heat events is a necessary skill all Canadians need to learn, and doing our part to slow down global warming is essential.

DKI Canada is committed to being the most green restoration company in the country.

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