A family cools off at Alki Beach as an excessive heat warning remains in effect a day after record-breaking temperatures hit the region in Seattle, Washington, on Tuesday. AFP
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Millions of people in Canada and the northwestern United States were under heat alerts on Wednesday as the region baked in record-breaking temperatures.
Police reported scores of deaths probably linked to the scorching conditions in the US and Canada.
The service said in a statement it recorded 233 deaths between Friday and Monday, compared with 130 on average.
"We are in the midst of the hottest week British Columbians have ever experienced, and there are consequences to that, disastrous consequences for families and for communities," British Columbia Premier John Horgan told a news conference.
He urged "checking up on those people we know might be at risk, making sure we have cold compresses in the fridge or we're staying in the coolest part of our homes, and making sure that we're taking steps to get through this heat wave."
An international website that monitors temperatures around the world has ranked 13 Arab cities among the hottest spots in the world during the last 24 hours, with temperatures exceeding 53.2ºC.
The death toll in Germany has risen to at least 103.Germany's most read daily newspaper, Bild, headlined its front page "Floods of Death" after heavy rain fell in several regions of the country.
On Friday, the city of Jacobabad in Sindh province hit 50˚C, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) said, with temperatures forecast to remain high until Sunday.
The Met Office said there was a 50-percent chance of temperatures topping 40°C (104 degrees Fahrenheit) for the first time on Monday or Tuesday, and an 80-percent chance that the country's previous record of 38.7°C set in 2019 will be exceeded.
Cricket Australia said $30,000 would be donated as a gesture of support, after the men's squad witnessed long fuel queues and political demonstrations during the mid-year tour.
Jessica Burgess, 41, was accused of helping her 17-year-old daughter to terminate a pregnancy in the midwestern US state of Nebraska. She faces five charges — including one under a 2010 law which only allows abortion up to 20 weeks after fertilisation.
An Israeli shell struck outside her home on Friday, making her one of the first of at least 47 Palestinians - including 16 children.