According to the B.C. Coroners, the number of deaths from the recent heat wave is up to 808.
CTV News Vancouver has reported those deaths were recorded from June 25 through July 1, as a rare heat dome sent temperatures skyrocketing to dangerous highs in many parts of the province.
The deadliest day recorded was June 29th, where temperatures in Lytton reached 46.9 degrees Celsius, which set a new Canadian record. The coroners said 300 deaths came on that same day.
Officials are still determining exactly how many of the 808 deaths were directly related to heat, but the average number of deaths reported during the same period over the previous five years was 198. Chief Coroner Lisa Lapointe has noted many of the deaths involved seniors who lived alone in poorly ventilated homes.
"All deaths reported are currently being investigated to establish cause and manner of death," reads a message on the BCCS website. "Data is preliminary and subject to change."
The government's response to the heat wave has been criticized for not doing enough, though officials, including Premier John Horgan, have stressed the "unprecedented" nature of the heat dome.
The province has promised to analyze the heat wave and the response in the hopes of avoiding a tragedy on the same scale next time temperatures spike.
-with files from CTV Vancouver