Dozens of deaths may be tied to historic Northwest heat wave

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — The grim toll of the historic heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has become more apparent as authorities in Canada, Washington state and Oregon say they’re investigating dozens of deaths likely caused by temperatures that soared well above 100 degrees.

In Vancouver, British Columbia, police say they had responded to more than 65 sudden deaths since the heat wave began Friday.

Authorities in Washington and Oregon were investigating about a dozen deaths.

The heat wave was caused by what meteorologists described as a dome of high pressure over the Northwest and worsened by human-caused climate change, which is making such extreme weather events more likely and more intense.

Seattle and other cities, including Bend, shattered all-time heat records.

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