On Tuesday, Canada has set a record for registering the all-time highest temperature in the town of Lytton, British Columbia i.e. 49.5°C. This is the third day in a row that the temperature is rising. According to the weather service, this is due to the deadly heatwave broiling through Canada’s west and the US Pacific Northwest.
“At 4:20 pm, Lytton Climate Station reported 49.5°C, once again, breaking the daily and all-time temperature records for the 3rd straight day,” Environment and Climate Change Canada posted on Twitter.
Following this unnatural change in the temperature, several gruesome death has been reported since Friday in the Vancouver area. News agency AFP reported that the figures released by the city police department and the Royal Canadian Mounted police shows as least 134 people have already lost their lives.
The Vancouver Police Department has reported having responded to more than 65 sudden death cases since Friday. The majority of the deaths are related to “heat”. “Vancouver has never experienced heat like this, and sadly dozens of people are dying because of it,” police sergeant Steve Addison said.
Local municipalities have also reported multiple reports of sudden deaths. However, the numbers aren’t out yet. Temperatures in the US Pacific Northwest cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington have also seen a significant rise. Portland has reported 115 degrees Fahrenheit on Monday while the temperature in Seattle was recorded 108 degrees, said the National Weather Service (NWS).
Schools and COVID-19 vaccination centers near the Vancouver area have been closed due to the emergence of the heatwave. Officials have set up temporary water fountains and misting stations around the street corners as a precaution.