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A infografia mostra as províncias dos EUA e Canadá mais afetadas pela onda de calor.


Vaga de calor bate recordes e causa vítimas

By Jordi Bou

June 30, 2021 - Uma vaga de calor sem precedentes esmagou todos os recordos ao longo do noroeste do Pacífico e contribuíu para mais de uma centena de mortes só na cidade canadiana de Vancouver.

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.

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