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This summer is on track to become one of the hottest on record in Atlantic Canada, as stifling heat and humidity levels persist from coast-to-coast, experts say.
"It has just been relentless," said David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, who added the heat wave is expected to last until the end of August throughout much of Canada.
Rolf Campbell, a weather historian who has gathered over a hundred years' worth of raw statistics from Environment Canada, said cities in all four Atlantic provinces had both higher average temperatures and maximum temperatures in July than in previous years.
Heat warnings were issued in nearly every province in Canada on Monday, with some regions expected to hit the low 40s with the humidex.
"It's rare to have such a persistent heat wave that strikes so much of the country," said Campbell.
"It's not abnormal for one province, or even just the Maritimes, to have an unusually warm spell, but for it to be consistent from Toronto all the way to Newfoundland for several weeks? That's pretty unusual."
Campbell said more records are bound to be set as the hot, muggy summer continues.
In a phone interview Monday, Phillips said the system that brought the heat to Canada is sometimes known as a "Bermuda high," where hot, humid air moves into the country from a high-pressure system over Bermuda.
We will have to do a comparison after the summer