Canada recorded a record high temperature yesterday, for the third day in a row: 49.5 degrees It was recorded in Leighton, a village northeast of Vancouver, in the midst of a heat wave that allegedly caused more than 200 sudden deaths reported in the area in recent days.
“At 4:20pm, Lytton Station broke daily and historical temperature records again,” tweeted Environment and Climate Change Canada (Eccc), the Canadian government department responsible for coordinating environmental policies and programmes. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Vancouver City Police separately announced that at least 134 people have died since Friday in the metropolitan area on the Canadian Pacific coast, in the grip of heat also affecting the western United States.
The frightening fire alarm was triggered in the country with the first outbreaks: Residents of Leighton, the Canadian town that in recent days has recorded the highest temperature in the country’s history (49.6 degrees Celsius), have been forced to evacuate due to a fire. BBC reports it. The flames spread within just 15 minutes, forcing many to leave their homes without taking anything with them. “The whole city is burning,” Mayor Jan Bolderman told CBC News of the more than a meter high flames. The situation was exacerbated by strong winds that reached 71 kilometers and hot and dry weather. Residents have been diverted to nearby communities where shelters have been set up, while the British Columbia Wildfire Service is ferrying men and vehicles to the site to respond to the flames. The record heat wave that hit British Columbia this week claimed 486 lives in just five days
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