July 2, 2021

As a result of the unprecedented heatwave that has struck Western Canada, many people have died

Western Canada is roasting under record-breaking temperatures, which authorities believe may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of people in Vancouver on Tuesday.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the province of British Columbia (BC) has issued a call for people to “check on loved ones and neighbors as the heat wave bringing record-breaking temperatures continues in Metro Vancouver.”

Since Monday, the RCMP has responded to 25 reports of unexpected deaths in the neighboring municipality of Burnaby, which is 14 kilometers away from downtown Vancouver.

Despite the fact that the cause of the bulk of the fatalities is still under investigation, authorities think that heat had a role in them. Many of those who died were seniors, some of them were above the age of 65.

According to Corporal Mike Kalanj of the Burnaby RCMP detachment, “check on your neighbors, check on family members, check on elderly you may know.”

Climate change agency Environment Canada said 103 degrees Fahrenheit (39.4 degrees Celsius) all-time heat records were set across British Columbia, the neighboring province of Alberta, the Yukon and the Northern Territory, all of which are under a “heat dome” that is causing unprecedented weather conditions.

The temperature reached 47.9 degrees Celsius in the hamlet of Lytton, approximately 260 kilometers northeast of Vancouver, setting a new record for the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada. When compared to Dubai, it is hotter in Lytton and other nearby places.

Since the start of the heat wave on Saturday, police in Vancouver have responded to at least 63 reports of sudden death.

The scenario, according to Armel Castellon, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, is difficult to explain.

In an interview with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, he said, “There’s simply no exaggeration powerful enough for this” (CBC). “We’re simply astonished at how many records are being broken at such a rapid pace. We already know that this is going to be a fantastic event.”

Several other meteorologists, including Castellon, have blamed the severe heat wave on global warming.

“We are well aware that this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of heat occurrences,” he told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “We needed to be prepared for this, and we needed to be prepared for more of it.”

Weather forecasters predict that temperatures will not begin to fall until later in the week.

PHOTO: Courtesy of CANVA Pro

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