Western Canada’s Ferocious, Lethal Heat

The blistering heat wave with temperatures topping 47.9 C (118 F) in 1 town in British Columbia has caused dozens of deaths, The Globe and Mail reports.
The record-setting heat has made it difficult for emergency services in the province to keep up:

  • Emergency departments are full, and ambulance wait times in Vancouver reached 11 hours measured in hours, according to The Vancouver Sun.
  • The BC Coroners Service documented 100+ deaths above the expected numbers from Friday through Monday.
  • Heat-related calls to BC emergency services surpassed 300 this month. For the same period last year, there were 14.

The Quote: “We have never experienced anything like this heat in Vancouver and, sadly, people are dying as a result of it,” said Vancouver Police Sergeant Steve Addison.

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