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.
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.
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.
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. 
recorded or forecast
|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.
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.
Portions of suburban Salt Lake City in Herriman were forced to evacuate as fires threatened their homes.
Damage to wildlife and lifestock
- 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
- 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
- Seattle Times: No shaking this baking for heat-stressed West