Hitzewelle in Nordamerika infographic
Grafik zeigt die US Staaten und kanadische Provinzen, die am meisten von der Hitzewelle betroffen sind.
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Unzählige Todesfälle durch Hitzewelle, die alle Rekorde bricht

By Jordi Bou

June 30, 2021 - Eine noch nie dagewesene Hitzewelle bricht alle Rekorde im Nordwesten des Pazifiks und verursacht allein in Vancouver (Kanada) mehr als hundert plötzliche Todesfälle.

Canada broke its temperature record for a third straight day on Tuesday; 49.6C in Lytton, British Columbia.

In Vancouver, the police department said it had redeployed dozens of officers and asked the public to call 911 only for emergencies because heat-related deaths had depleted front-line resources and delayed response times.

The number of heat-related fatalities is likely to rise as some areas say they have responded to sudden death incidents but have yet to collate the numbers.

Temperatures in the U.S. Pacific Northwest cities of Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington reached levels not seen since record-keeping began in the 1940s: 46.1C in Portland and 108 in Seattle and 42.2C in Seattle on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

The scorching heat stretching from the U.S. state of Oregon to Canada’s Arctic territories has been blamed on a high-pressure ridge trapping warm air in the region.

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PUBLISHED: 30/06/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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