VANCOUVER: (Monitoring Desk) At least 69 people have died in the Vancouver area as a result of a record-breaking heat wave in United States and Canada, according to police. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the majority of the deaths in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Surrey during the past 24 hours were elderly or people with existing health concerns.
Heat is thought to be a significant contributor in the most of the deaths, according to RCMP Corporal Michael Kalanj, who stated in a message that the investigation is still ongoing. As a result of climate change, record-breaking temperatures are becoming increasingly common. The decade from 2000 to 2019 was the hottest on record, with the five hottest years all occurring in the last five years.
On Monday, Lytton, British Columbia, roughly 155 miles (250 kilometres) east of Vancouver, broke a new all-time high warming trend of 118 degrees Fahrenheit (47.9 degrees Celsius). Forecasters predicted that the record would be broken again on Tuesday, with temperatures in western Canada reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
According to the National Weather Service, heat wave in United States Pacific Northwest cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, hit levels not seen since records began in the 1940s, in Portland 115F degrees and in Seattle 108F degrees.
National Geographic has issued heat advisories for regions of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories, stating that the “continuous, harmful, and historic heat wave will continue this week. The National Weather Service in the United States issued a similar alert, advising people to remain in air-conditioned rooms, avoid intense outdoor activities, drink lots of water, and keep an eye on family members and friends in the current heat wave.
It is remembered that, according to police of Vancouver at least 69 people have died in the Vancouver area as a result of a record-breaking heat wave in United States and Canada areas.