At least 54 die in Quebec amid extreme heat

Clay Curtis
July 8, 2018

Due to a difference in reporting systems, Canadian officials do not know if other provinces suffered deaths in relation to the heat wave.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, the regional director of Montreal's public health department, said most of the 18 victims in the metropolis were men aged between 53 and 85 who lived in places with no air conditioning.

Montreal health officials said there have been 12 heat-related deaths since the weekend, while authorities in the Eastern Townships region east of Montreal are attributing another five deaths to the weather.

Officials say none of the deaths occurred in a hospital and that the deceased were already suffering from existing health problems.

The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celcius with high humidity. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days - for themselves as well as those close to them". About it reports the Montreal Gazette, citing data from the press service of the Minister of health of the province.

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People with chronic illness are particularly at risk, said Nicola Dulisse, head of Urgences-sante.

The 2010 heat wave was one of the hottest on record in over 60 years and was linked to some 280 deaths over a period in July.

Heat warnings were in effect across southern Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic region of the country, but temperatures were expected to drop overnight.

Meanwhile, a unsafe heat wave is expected to grip California and parts of the southwest Friday and into the weekend, threatening millions of people and likely fueling existing wildfires in the United States.

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