Dozens Feared Dead Amid Canada Historic Heatwave

30 June 2021 Source BBC

Dozens of people have died in Canada amid an unprecedented heatwave that has smashed temperature records.

Report says Police in the Vancouver area have responded to more than 130 sudden deaths since Friday. Most were elderly or had underlying health conditions.

They said the heat was a contributing factor in many cases.

According to the report, Canada recorded its highest ever temperature for a third straight day – 49.5C (121F) in Lytton, British Columbia.

Before this week, temperatures in the country had never passed 45C.

The heatwave is due to a dome of high pressure hovering over the north-western US and Canada.

Experts say climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events, such as heatwaves.

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