The Canadian province of British Columbia experienced a “severe heat wave” for the fourth day in a row on Tuesday, with temperatures rising to 49.6 C in Litona after 46.6 on Sunday, officials said Sunday. The background to the multiplication of deaths will be linked to this heat wave.
At least 233 people died in the Pacific coastal province on Friday and Monday, 100 more than the traditional average death toll over the four-day period. This record is expected to increase.
The provincial forensic service recorded a significant increase in the number of deaths on Monday, one of the causes of the heat wave.
Schools and universities in the province were closed on Monday as temperatures rose further.
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After 46.6 on Sunday, mercury hit 49.6 degrees Celsius in Lytton, a city in Lytton, 200 km north of Vancouver.
Canada, known for its harsh winters and severe snowfall, has not experienced such high temperatures since 1937, according to the Federal Environment Agency, which lists 45 degrees in Saskatchewan.