Canada wildfire forces evacuation of hottest place in the country – BBC News

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    Residents of Lytton, British Columbia, the Canadian village which recorded the country’s highest ever temperature, 49.6C (121.3F), have been forced to flee by a wildfire.

    The mayor of Lytton, ordered people to evacuate, saying flames had spread through the village in just 15 minutes.

    A heatwave has hit western Canada this week, with British Columbia recording three times its usual number of deaths.

    Abnormally high temperatures have been recorded in swathes of North America.

    Climate scientists are still trying to determine to what extent climate change may have aggravated the heatwave.

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