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Inside one of Vancouver's 25 air-conditioned cooling centres, visitors quietly read books or worked on laptops as the death toll in Canada's British Columbia province rose into the hundreds. "We've had heat waves before, but not to this extent," said Lou, who provided only her first name. "I'm shocked by how many deaths there have been." Photo: Don MacKinnon/AFP via Getty Images

Authorities in Canada, Oregon and Washington are investigating hundreds of deaths likely caused by the Pacific Northwest's worst heat wave on record, AP reports.

Driving the news: Temperatures in the region have shattered records since Friday. Extreme heat ranks as the nation's top weather-related killer annually, according to the National Weather Service.

  • People in the region are not used to heat of this magnitude, which has made this event an acute health risk, Axios' Andrew Freedman reports.

The big picture: The office of the British Columbia chief coroner received reports of at least 486 "sudden and unexpected deaths" between Friday and Wednesday. Typically, around 165 die in the province over a five-day period.

  • Oregon health officials said over 60 deaths in the state are tied to the heat, while Washington has reported more than a dozen heat-related deaths, according to AP.
  • Those numbers are expected to rise, per AP.
  • The heat wave has also driven more than 1,100 people to the hospital for possible heat-related illness as of Tuesday.

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Over 1,100 people sent to hospitals in Pacific Northwest amid record-breaking heat

People rest at the Oregon Convention Center cooling station in Oregon, Portland on June 28, as a heatwave moves over much of the United States. Photo: Kathryn Elsesser/AFP via Getty Images

The worst heat wave on record in the Pacific Northwest has resulted in more than 1,100 people going to the hospital for possible heat-related illness as of Tuesday, BuzzFeed reports.

Why it matters: Despite reaching an unprecedented peak on Monday, this event is not finished, given continued record-high temperatures in areas further away from the coast. Extreme heat threatens lives, ranking as the nation's top weather-related killer annually, according to the National Weather Service.

Jun 30, 2021 - World

Historic heat wave linked to dozens of deaths in Canada

A temporary misting station on Abbott Street during a heatwave in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday. Photo: Trevor Hagan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Pacific Northwest heat wave has been linked to dozens of deaths in Canada — where Lytton reached 121°F Tuesday. It's the third consecutive day the British Columbia town had smashed the country's all-time high temperature record.

What's happening: From Friday, when the heat wave began, to Monday officials in the West coast province had recorded at least 233 deaths — roughly 100 more reports than they would typically receive over a four-day period, the B.C. Coroners Service said in a statement on the fallout from the extreme heat.

Updated Jun 30, 2021 - Science

At least 486 dead in British Columbia amid historic heat wave

The Vancouver skyline, where Environment Canada has issued an air quality advisory and heat warning. Photo: Andrew Chin/Getty Images

Nearly 500 people have died in British Columbia since Friday as a historic heat wave grips the region, Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe said in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: The heatwave in the Pacific Northwest has shattered records and alarmed scientists. In Lytton, British Columbia the temperature soared to 121°F on Tuesday, conditions which, in North America, are usually reserved for the desert Southwest.