City in British Columbia broke a heat record for the third day in a row and saw thermometers register 49.6°C; death toll rose
O Canada hit this Tuesday, 29, another historic heat record. One day after the thermometers from Lytton, British Columbia, reached 47.5ºC, temperatures of 49.6ºC were recorded in the same region. Experts say the reason for the heat in the region is a high-pressure dome moving from California to the arctic region. The coastal area of Canada and the USA registered a rise in temperature, but nothing came close to the heat in the Canadian interior. British Columbia Premier John Horgan said in a statement that the heat had “disastrous consequences for families and the entire local community.” Official bodies believe that dozens of deaths could have been caused by the high temperatures. Speaking to local news agencies, British Columbia chief medical examiner Lisa Lapointe said that between last Friday and this Monday, when the heat wave hit the region, 233 deaths were reported. In “normal times”, this number is around 130.
“We suspect that extreme heat has contributed to the significant increase in deaths. The number should increase even more as the data are updated”, said the expert. Vancouver police also claimed that more than 65 “sudden deaths” were recorded by officers over the weekend. Surrey Police told US channel CNN that 35 such deaths were reported in the region. Children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to heat stroke and the guidelines given to the population are that people are hydrated and pay attention to possible symptoms of those around them. The expectation is that temperatures will be milder throughout the week, when the heat wave is expected to move to more coastal parts of the country.