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A bear and its cubs were seen taking a dip in a swimming pool to cool off as western Canada and parts of the western United States baked in an unprecedented heat wave that saw several temperature records broken.

Schools and Covid-19 vaccination centres were shut on Monday.

Lytton in British Columbia broke the record for Canada’s all-time high on Monday, with a temperature of 47.5 degrees Celsius, just one day after the village set the previous record of 46.6 degrees.

Temperatures in north-western US cities also reached levels not seen since records began in the 1940s: 46 degrees in Portland and 42 degrees in Seattle, according to the US’s National Weather Service (NWS).

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