Canada set an extreme heat record yesterday, for the third consecutive day: 49.5 degrees were recorded in Lytton, a village northeast of Vancouver, in the midst of a heat wave that allegedly caused more than 200 sudden deaths reported in the region in recent days.
“At 4:20 pm Lytton Station broke daily and historic temperature records once again,” tweeted Environment and Climate Change Canada (Eccc), the Canadian government department responsible for coordinating environmental policies and programs. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Vancouver City Police have separately announced that at least 134 people have died since Friday in the metropolitan area located on the Canadian Pacific coast, in a grip of heat that is also affecting west of the United States.
The feared fire alarm is triggered in the country with the first outbreaks: Residents of Lytton, the Canadian town that in recent days recorded the highest temperature in the country’s history (49.6 ° C) were forced to evacuate due to a fire. The BBC reports. The flames spread in just 15 minutes, forcing many to leave their homes without taking anything with them. “The whole city is on fire,” Mayor Jan Polderman told CBC News of flames over a meter high. The strong wind, up to 71 km, and the hot and dry weather made the situation worse. The inhabitants have been diverted to nearby communities where shelters are set up, while the British Columbia Wildfire Service is moving men and vehicles to the site to return fire. The record heatwave that hit British Columbia this week claimed 486 lives in just five days
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