Canada Heat Wave Death Toll Rises To 54

James Marshall
July 8, 2018

The worst heat wave in decades has claimed 33 lives in Canada with another day of scorching temperatures and related smog expected Thursday.

Eighteen of those deaths have come in Montreal, where humid temperatures climbed past 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit).

Regional public health director Mylene Drouin said that the majority of the victims were men aged between 53 and 85.

Health officials in Quebec this week urged people to drink plenty of water, reduce physical activity, seek out air conditioning, and stay in the shade.

"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.

Kaiser said the social aspect - living alone and not having another place to go to cool down - typically plays a major role in heat-related deaths in the city.

Heat warnings have also been issued for much of Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave", he wrote.

Montreal's health department reported 18 deaths, seven were reported in the Eastern Townships, six were reported in the Mauricie-Centre-du-Québec region, Montérégie's public health department reported two and one more was reported in Laval.

Large parts of Ontario have experienced similarly sweltering conditions this week, though unlike Quebec no deaths have been reported there.

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