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Lytton, B.C. breaks Canada's all-time heat record for third time

Last Updated Jun 30, 2021 at 5:13 am PDT

The small town of Lytton, B.C. in the Fraser Canyon region. (Image Credit: Chad Harris / CityNews)
Summary

The 1937 record of the hottest day ever recorded in Canada continues to be shattered in B.C.

In Lytton, the thermometer in the Fraser Canyon village hit a scorching 49.5 C

LYTTON (NEWS 1130) — For the third straight day, Lytton B.C. broke the record for the hottest temperature ever recorded in Canada, with the thermometer in the Fraser Canyon village hitting a scorching 49.5 C.

Tuesday’s temperature is a full two degrees higher than the 47.9 recorded Monday, and nearly five degrees higher than 45 C that set the 1937 record in Saskatchewan.

Several other cities in B.C. also broke the previous national record. Cache Creek, Grand Forks, Kamloops, Kelowna, Lillooet, and Osoyoos all recorded temperatures at or over 45 C.

Meteorologist Michael Kuss says there is a reprieve in sight for the Lower Mainland, as the region can look forward to cooler overnight lows.

However, earlier Tuesday, the tragic consequences of the extreme heat were revealed by police services and the province’s top coroner.

Chief Coroner Lisa LaPointe said the BC Coroners Service has been called to 233 deaths since Friday, noting the average number for a four-day period is 130.

“Since the onset of the heatwave late last week, the BC Coroners Service has experienced a significant increase in deaths reported where it is suspected that extreme heat has been contributory,” says a statement.

“This number will increase as data continues to be updated. Coroners are carefully gathering all information available for each death reported, to determine the cause and manner of death, and whether excessive heat played a role.”