The United States and Canada have been experiencing exceptional heat stress in recent days.
Thirty-four “sudden deaths” have been identified in two days in the Canadian city of Vancouver as western North America faces an exceptional heat wave, police said Tuesday.
“Yesterday our officers responded to 15 sudden death calls, and today, we have answered 19 other calls so far,” the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in suburban Burnaby posted on Twitter. “Although the investigation is ongoing, we believe the heat contributed to most of the deaths,” a police report said, adding that most of the victims were elderly.
“Heat contributed to most deaths”
New temperature records set in the country: Mercury rose to 47.9 ° C in Lytton, a small town northeast of Vancouver, from 45 ° C in 1937.
“We believe the heat contributed to most of the deaths,” a police statement said, adding that most of the victims were elderly.
The Canadian city on the Pacific coast has recorded temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius for several days, well above the normal 21 degrees this season.