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Heat and smoke are smothering most of the U.S., putting lives at risk

By Erica Werner

29 Jun 2023 · 5 min read

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  1. The U.S. is experiencing extreme heat and poor air quality due to wildfires in Canada. The Great Lakes region is blanketed in smoke from the wildfires, while the South has experienced record-high temperatures.

Much of the United States felt like a blazing inferno on Wednesday, as record heat attacked the South like a blowtorch, thick smoke from Canadian wildfires blanketed the Great Lakes region, and triple-digit temperatures threatened to wallop California for the first time this year.

Scientists said climate change helped shape the weather conditions that were causing misery and putting lives at risk from Mexico to Canada. There was no disputing the impact: If it wasn't way too smoky, it was way too hot.

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