2007 Western North American heat wave
The 2007 western North American heat wave was a record-breaking event that began in late June 2007. The heat stretched from Mexico to Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and into northwestern Ontario. The record heat has exacerbated already present record-breaking drought conditions in much of the Western U.S., allowing fires to grow to record-breaking sizes.
The combination of conditions forced major freeway closures, animal and human deaths, evacuations, and destruction of property.
Much of eastern North America experienced more average conditions through July 2007, with little in the way of prolonged heat waves. However, drought remained a problem in some areas of the east, particularly parts of the southeast.
At 116 °F (47 °C), Las Vegas, Nevada, was one degree shy of its all-time record set in 2005 and 1942.
St. George, Utah, reached 118 °F (48 °C) on July 5, according to the local weather station as mentioned in the front page of the July 6 edition of The Salt Lake Tribune, which would be the highest temperature ever-recorded in Utah.
Eastern Oregon set 15 different record highs on July 5.
There were 11 days of triple digit temperatures in Missoula, Montana, almost double the previous record of 6 days for the month of July.
On July 25, Carman, Manitoba recorded the highest ever humidex value in Canada with 53 °C (127 °F).
Many major cities experienced prolonged intense and unusual heat in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. It was the hottest July on record for the entire states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and second hottest for Nevada. 
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|Edmonton, Alberta||90 °F (32 °C)||July 5||73 °F (23 °C)||+17 °F (+9 °C)|
|Lethbridge, Alberta||100 °F (37.8 °C)||July 23||77 °F (25 °C)||+23 °F (+ 13 °C)|
|Medicine Hat, Alberta||100 °F (37.9 °C) ||July 6||81 °F (27 °C)||+ 19 °F (+ 11 °C)|
|Regina, Saskatchewan||99 °F (37.2 °C) ||July 6||77 °F (25 °C)||+ 22 °F (+12 °C)|
|Val Marie, Saskatchewan||105 °F (41 °C)||July 23||82 °F (28 °C)||+23 °F (+12 °C)|
|Abbotsford, British Columbia||95 °F (35 °C)||July 10||76 °F (24 °C)||+ 19 °F (+11 °C)|
|Seattle, Washington||94 °F (34 °C)||July 11||76 °F (24 °C)||+18 °F (+10 °C)|
|Portland, Oregon||102 °F (39 °C)||July 10||79 °F (26 °C)||+23 °F (+13 °C)|
|Sacramento, California||107 °F (42 °C)||July 5||94 °F (34 °C)||+13 °F (+8 °C)|
|Boise, Idaho||106 °F (41 °C)||July 6||90 °F (32 °C)||+16 °F (+9 °C)|
|Missoula, Montana||107 °F (42 °C)||July 6||83 °F (28 °C)||+24 °F (+13 °C)|
|Jackson, Wyoming||91 °F (33 °C)||July 6||79 °F (26 °C)||+12 °F (+7 °C)|
|Salt Lake City, Utah||102 °F (39 °C)||July 6||89 °F (32 °C)||+13 °F (+7 °C)|
|Denver, Colorado||97 °F (36 °C)||June 25||87 °F (31 °C)||+10 °F (+8 °C)|
|Las Vegas, Nevada||116 °F (47 °C)||July 5||105 °F (41 °C)||+11 °F (+6 °C)|
|Phoenix, Arizona||115 °F (46 °C)||July 4||104 °F (40 °C)||+11 °F (+6 °C)|
|Santa Fe, New Mexico||96 °F (36 °C)||July 1||83 °F (28 °C)||+13 °F (+8 °C)|
|Death Valley, California||127 °F (53 °C)||July 6||115 °F (46 °C)||+12 °F (+7 °C)|
Six suspected illegal immigrants died in the deserts of Arizona as a result of the heat.
In Orofino, Idaho, a one-year-old boy was found dead locked in a car.
Cities in California opened cooling centers as power companies declared a stage 1 emergency.
Wildfires, deaths, and freeway closures
Firefighters blamed the heat and existing record-breaking drought for dozens of wildfires in the West.
The area was in the midst of an unusual drought; in Los Angeles, California, with only 3.21 in (82 mm) of precipitation in the entire 2006-2007 rain season, it was, at that time, the driest year on record, receiving less rain than Death Valley in a normal year.
Wildfires, such as the destructive Angora Fire, killed dozens, forced the closure of major freeways, and destroyed homes.
In central Utah, the largest wildfire in state history consumed 283,000 acres (1,150 km2) or 468 square miles (114,526 hectares) and forced the closure of I-15 and I-70.
In northeastern Utah a wildfire moving at the speed of 30 mph (50 km/h) killed three men on a farm.
Portions of suburban Salt Lake City in Herriman were forced to evacuate as fires threatened their homes.
Damage to wildlife and lifestock
The extreme heat warmed rivers in Yellowstone resulting in the deaths of hundreds of trout.
The high temperatures and drought destroyed crops and stressed cattle in Montana.
- Heat wave sweeps across Prairies CBC News, 7-24-2007
- USA Today: Record heat wave sears West
- Salt Lake Tribune - Heat wave: Utahns warned about air quality, staying cool as temperatures sizzle toward records
- Baltimore Sun: Triple-digit heat wave broils West
- NCDC: Climate of 2007 - July
- Weather Channel.
- National Climatic Data Center.
- National Climatic Data Center - July 2007 Statewide Ranks.
- CBS: Border Deaths Seen In Heat Wave Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
- NPR: Water Flows in Los Angeles Despite Drought
- AP: Dozens of wildfires ravage West; 1 dead
- FOX News: Quick-Moving Utah Wildfire Kills 3 Men
- NC Times: Nevada wildfires threaten ranches, shut down interstate
- Olympian: Heat killing fish in Yellowstone[permanent dead link]
- Seattle Times: No shaking this baking for heat-stressed West Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
- 2007 European heat wave
- 2007 North America: South and Eastern Heatwave
- 2007 South Asian heat wave
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