Dozens of people die as heat waves break records


People are looking for a way to cool down in British Columbia

Environment Canada has issued thermal alerts to British Columbia and Alberta

Dozens of people have died in Canada as temperatures in the southern Pacific Northwest continue to break records.

British Columbia police have said they have responded to the sudden deaths of more than 60 people, including many older people, since Monday.

They said the heat waves affecting the area were the cause of the deaths.

Temperatures in Litton, British Columbia rose to 47.9C (118.2F) on Monday and rose from 46.6C (116F) on Sunday.

Until this week, temperatures in Canada never exceeded 45 degrees (113 degrees).

“Check your neighbors, check your family, and check out the seniors you might know,” said Mike Karangi of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, based in Burnaby, a suburb of Vancouver. ..

“We recognize that this weather can be fatal to vulnerable members of our community, especially the elderly and those with underlying health problems.

In Burnaby, police said they had responded to 25 “sudden deaths,” adding that many were elderly.

The British Columbia paramedics responded to 107 heat exhaustion calls and 32 heat stroke calls on Sunday, The Globe and Mail reported.

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Temperatures in the cities of Portland and Seattle in the United States have reached their highest levels since records management began in the 1940s.

According to the US National Meteorological Service, Portland, Oregon reached 46.1C (115F) and Seattle reached 42.2C (108F). The heat is intense enough to melt the cable and shuts down Portland Streetcar service on Sunday.

According to experts, climate change is expected to increase the frequency of extreme weather events such as heat waves. However, associating a single event with global warming is complex.

Resident Megan Foundrich in a small village in Litton Told Globe & Email It was “almost impossible” to get out.

“It was intolerable,” she said, sending her young daughter to live with her family elsewhere in British Columbia, where temperatures are slightly lower.

“I try to stay indoors as much as possible. In other words, I’m used to the heat and it’s dry heat, but 30 [degrees] It is very different from 47. “

A Seattle resident told AFP that the city in Washington felt like a desert.

“Usually, maybe 60 or 70 degrees is a great day. Everyone is outside wearing shorts and T-shirts, which is … ridiculous,” said the resident.

Amazon allowed civilians access to the Seattle headquarters area on Monday, and Portland residents also flocked to the cooling center.

The Canadian Ministry of the Environment has issued thermal alerts to British Columbia and Alberta, in addition to parts of Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and the Yukon Territories.

“We are the second coldest and snowiest country in the world,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.

“We often see cold snaps and blizzards, but we rarely talk about such hot weather,” he said. “Dubai will be cooler than what we are seeing now.”

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