Heat wave kills 19 in eastern Canada

Geraldine Edwards
July 5, 2018

Meanwhile, public-health officials in Quebec's Eastern Townships report four deaths suspected of being caused by the heat; one victim was a senior citizen and three were adults suffering from chronic illnesses. The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality.

"As the heat wave continues, it's clear we expect the number of deaths attributable to the heat to rise, " she said.

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

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Environment Canada says a heat warning remains in effect for an area spanning southwestern and northeastern Ontario through southern Quebec and into the Atlantic region, with above normal temperatures and humid conditions likely to stick around into Thursday. The Montreal authorities have called on local people to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.

Besides the heat and humidity, Environment Canada is also calling for "very high" UV levels which means a higher risk of sunburn.

"Usually when we get heat events it only lasts two or four days", Ms. Hobelman said.

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Montreal firefighters and police have been rolling out its emergency response efforts looking for people who may be at risk of health complications during this extreme heat wave. "We are going to see a attractive weekend coming up with lower humidity but then we will see the temperatures going right back up into the 30s", he said.

Montreal's civil services have announced the introduction of measures aimed at ensuring the well-being and safety of residents, including a door-to-door operation created to reach at-risk people and to provide prevention advice in certain areas.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Montreal's emergency services said they have received more than 1,200 heat-related calls a day, which represents 30% more than their busiest days.

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