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Blistering Heat Wave Claims More Lives Across US And Canada

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Jessica Kramer Contributor

The heat wave hitting the U.S. and Canada has already claimed 35 people this summer, with an additional two deaths in Kansas City under investigation for potential excessive heat exposure.

The heat wave has taken the lives of at least two Americans and a staggering 33 people in Canada since it began on June 29. A woman went into cardiac arrest and died on Saturday in Pennsylvania, and a man in New York collapsed on a mountain run and died Sunday, according to CNN.

The man’s internal temperature had reached 108 degrees, which damaged his brain before he eventually succumbed.

“When your brain becomes overheated like that, it can’t function any more,” Essex County Coroner Frank Whitelaw said, according to CNN. (RELATED: Al Gore Is Praising The Pope’s Climate Encyclical Again, But Did He Actually Read All Of It?)

The weather in Canada has proven to be just as hot and even more deadly, with 33 people in Quebec Province, where temperatures rose to over 100 degrees, died.

An additional two deaths in Kansas City — an elderly man in his 80s and a woman in her 40s — are also under investigation for potential excessive heat exposure, the Kansas City Health Department told ABC affiliate KCTV.

Prior to this recent stream of hot weather, 2016 was on record for being the hottest recorded year, with a total of 94 deaths in the U.S.

Luckily, the heat wave is expected to end Thursday, reported The Hill.

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