Canada’s all time high temperature of 49.5 degree Celsius claimed lives of around 230 people in British Columbia, since Friday. This record breaking high temperature was caused due to a heat wave. The province’s chief coroner described the phenomenon as an ‘unprecedented time’.
The country’s weather service, Environment Canada stated that the country have witnessed a all-time high temperature record for three days in a row. It reported that on Tuesday, the country recorded 121 degrees Fahrenheit (49.5 degrees Celsius) in Lytton, British Columbia, about 155 miles (250 kilometres) east of Vancouver.
As per reports, nearly 69 people have died in Vancouver area of Canada due to record breaking heat wave which engulfed the west of the country and the US Pacific Norwest. People who died were mostly elderly or had underlying health conditions.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) informed that the majority of the fatalities in the Vancouver suburbs of Burnaby and Surrey in the past 24 hours were the elderly or the people with underlying health concerns. Reports suggests that temperatures in Canada have never crossed 45 degree Celsius (113F) before this week .
Environment and Climate Change Canada in its official twitter handle tweeted, “At 4:20 pm, Lytton Climate Station reported 49.5 degree Celsius, once again, breaking the daily and all time temperature record for a 3rd straight day.”
At 4:20pm, Lytton Climate Station reported 49.5°C, once again, breaking the daily and all-time temperature records for the 3rd straight day. Final numbers and all other temperature records will be posted later this afternoon. #BCStorm pic.twitter.com/jYpvxM0iIy
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) June 29, 2021
A new Natural Resources Canada study states that the majority of Canadians are caught unprepared to deal with the extreme weather. As per reports, heat warnings have been issued by Environment Canada for British Columbia and Alberta along with the parts of Saskatchewan, the Northwest Territories and a chunk of the Yukon.