A child enjoys a fountain at a park in Vancouver, Canada, June 27, 2015. According to the weather forecast from Environment Canada, heat wave warning was issued in Vancouver with temperature expected to rise dramatically over the weekend with about 30 degree Celsius. The inland of British Columbia may hit at 40 degree.(Xinhua/Liang sen)
A child enjoys a fountain at a park in Vancouver, Canada, June 27, 2015. According to the weather forecast from Environment Canada, heat wave warning was issued in Vancouver with temperature expected to rise dramatically over the weekend with about 30 degree Celsius. The inland of British Columbia may hit at 40 degree.(Xinhua/Liang sen)

The temperature in Maun, a gateway to the world heritage site Okavango Delta in northwestern Botswana, reached 44 degrees Celsius, above the previous record of 43.3 degrees Celsius set in 1944 in the capital city of Gaborone, Botswana Press Agency (BOPA) reported Monday.

Maun’s previous record was 41.8 degrees Celsius recorded in 2011, Botswana Department of Meteorological Services told BOPA.

Moreover, the highest temperatures in Tsabong and Werda in western Botswana hit 43.5 degrees Celsius and 43.3 degrees Celsius respectively on Wednesday.

This summer is one of the hottest in Botswana’s history and the searing temperatures are caused by El Nino, according to the meteorological body.

The whole country has been affected by the recent heat wave. The country’s ministry of health last Friday confirmed that three people died in southeastern Botswana after showing heat wave symptoms.

The landlocked country is largely arid to semi-arid, with 70 percent of its land covered by the Kalahari Desert. Its summer begins in November and ends in March. It usually brings very high temperatures.

However, summer is also the rainy season, and cloud coverage and rain can cool things down considerably, although only usually for a short period of time. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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