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Canada heat wave death toll hits 54

Canada Six days of heat wave kill 18 in Quebec temperatures likely to drop on Friday OpenStreetMap contributors CartoDB
Elijah Vega | 08 July, 2018, 00:14

A young boy plays at a water fountain in 2010, when a high heat and humidity warning like the one in place now was in effect for several regions in Canada.

Health authorities in the Canadian province of Quebec say 33 people have died from heat-related complications in the last few days.

Most of the victims were between 50 to 80 years old and Montreal public health official Mylene Drouin said most of those who died in Montreal were older than 65, had no air conditioning and had prior health issues.

Temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) with a humidity that made it feel closer to 40 degrees, the meteorological service said. "Heat risk in an urban setting is a combination of medical, social and environmental exposures".

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"If you know people with respiratory problems or people who are elderly, don't hesitate to visit them or give them a phone call to see if they need anything", she said at a committee meeting. There also micro heat islands throughout the city, particularly in some of the poorer areas, he added.

While the stifling weather has blanketed other parts of the country, no deaths have been reported elsewhere, but that may be because various jurisdictions have different ways of gathering data on heat-related fatalities.

So, the death toll from a heat wave in Quebec has increased seven times between Tuesday and Wednesday.

No deaths have been reported for the same period in the province of Ontario.

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