Republican and Democratic leaders will discuss the record-breaking temperatures and preparations for this year’s wildfire season – follow live

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The Guardian’s Jonathan Watts and Matthew Taylor report:

Joe Biden has joined scientists in blaming the climate crisis for a record-shattering heatwave in the western US and Canada that has been linked to dozens of deaths, buckled roads, blackouts and wildfires.

Related: Joe Biden blames climate crisis for deadly heatwave in western US and Canada

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Greetings from Washington, live blog readers.

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will meet with governors from west coast states today, as the region battles a historic heat wave that has set record-high temperatures in many cities.

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