Canada marked its highest temperature in history on Tuesday by reaching 49.5 degrees Celsius in the municipality of Lytton, in the province of British Columbia, while police have reported dozens of deaths due to the heat wave in the west of the country.

It is the third consecutive day that Lytton has broken its temperature record, after reaching 46.6 and 47 degrees Celsius on Sunday and Monday, respectively, although in this case it has reached almost 50 degrees Celsius, which were reached at 16.20 hours (local time).

Prior to these record highs, the highest temperature recorded in the country was 45 degrees Celsius in 1937 in Midale, in the province of Saskatchewan, reports the Canadian media CBC.

British Columbia and parts of the province of Alberta are being among the hardest hit by record high temperatures.

Metro Vancouver Police — an administrative subdivision of the province of British Columbia, which comprises the Metro Vancouver Area — have reported that they have responded to more than a hundred sudden deaths since the extreme heat gripped the province.

Meanwhile, Vancouver Police have indicated that as of Tuesday they have received notifications of more than 65 sudden deaths since last Friday, with about 20 of those deaths recorded this Tuesday.

“Vancouver has never experienced heat like this and, unfortunately, dozens of people are dying from it,” lamented Vancouver Police spokesman Steve Addison, who added that officers are doing “their best” to carry out their duties, but are “stretched to the limit.”

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in the city of Burnaby, also in British Columbia, have indicated that they have received calls for 25 deaths since Monday, with many of the deceased being seniors.

The story is repeated in other parts of the western part of the country, with authorities insisting on an increase in deaths due to the extreme heat.

Many places in North America, including the western U.S. state of Oregon, have also recorded local record temperatures well above 40 degrees Celsius during the recent heat wave.

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