Hundreds of sudden deaths were reported during Canada’s record heatwave, according to official figures, many of which are suspected heat-related.

Multnomah County, which includes Portland, has reported 45 of those recent deaths since Friday, with the county Medical Examiner citing hyperthermia as tentative reason, as well.

In Oregon, at least 63 people have died from hot weather related health problems in recent days, according to state health officials.

Hospitals across the country had reported hundreds of visits in recent days due to heat-borne illnesses, according to the Oregon Public Health Department.

Can heat be associated with climate change?

Lytton, a central British Columbia city, broke Canada’s hottest temperature record on three occasions this week.

Researchers say that this combination of day and night heat is very dangerous to humans – with a study published last year showing a strong link between these combined events and greenhouse gas emissions.

According to the Natural Resources Canada’s Fire Weather Map, large parts of Alberta, as well as large parts of British Columbia and Saskatchewan are facing extreme fire danger.

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