Summer temperatures in the mid to late 40s is normal in the Middle East. I once experienced 52 degrees Celsius in one miserable Arabian summer. However, this is definitely not normal for Canada:
UPDATE: For the third day in a row, #Lytton, British Columbia has set a new all-time record, hitting 49.6°C as of 5pm PT this afternoon, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada. #BCHeat #BCHeatwave #Heatwave pic.twitter.com/sgvl3yNmsx— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) June 30, 2021
That's brutal. People here consider days with 30+ temperatures as a heat wave. They're not ready -- mentally and physically -- for such scorching, life-draining heat. Worse, the infrastructure isn't there -- many don't have air conditioners which become a necessity in such circumstances.
Between last Friday and Wednesday, the BC Coroners Service saw a 195 per cent increase in the number of unexpected and sudden deaths it typically sees in a five-day period. During that time, 486 deaths were reported. That number is usually closer to 165, officials say.