Die In Canada Heat Wave

Montréal

Montréal

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.

A blistering heat swept through parts of Canada this week, killing 54 people in the province of Quebec, according to health officials.

Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to David Kaiser of Montreal's public health department.

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.

The mercury has since June 29 regularly topped 30 C, accompanied by stifling humidity levels, but temperatures should drop back to seasonal averages from Saturday.

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Officials urged residents to keep themselves hydrated and remain in the shade, while Montreal opened pools and air conditioned spaces to the public. About it reports the Montreal Gazette, citing data from the press service of the Minister of health of the province.

None of the victims had air conditioning, and Kaiser said a lot of them died inside of their homes.

Neighbouring Ontario has also been coping with high temperatures but no deaths have been reported there.

Prior to this, the only heat wave that Parent remembers being so memorable was a four to five day period in 2010.

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