16 deaths recorded during B.C.’s July heat wave

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Sixteen people died as a result of B.C.’s most recent heat wave, according to preliminary data obtained by Black Press Media.

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The BC Coroners Service confirmed the details on Tuesday (Aug. 9). This marks the first heat wave since the 2021 heat dome, between June 25 – July 1, when 619 people died.

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With the exception of the heat dome, data shows that the number of weekly heat-related deaths during summer 2021 were between one and six

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The BC Coroners Service says prior to then it didn’t investigate heat-caused deaths as thoroughly and only has three on record between 2010 and 2020.

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This year, much of B.C. experienced its first heat warning at the end of July when temperatures rose as high as 40 C in the Interior.

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The deaths were recorded between July 26 and Aug. 3.

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Broken down by age: two of the people who died were aged 40 to 49, two were aged 50 to 59, three were aged 60 to 69, six were aged 70 to 78, two were aged 80 to 89, and one was over 90 years old.

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Eight of the deaths occurred in the Fraser Health region, with another six passing away in the Interior, one in Vancouver Coastal and one in the Island Health area.