Sunday, 22 July, 2018

At least 17 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat

Heat wave Heat warnings in effect for parts of the country on Canada Day weekend
Grady Vargas | 05 July, 2018, 04:53

The move is part of the federal government's climate change adaptation in expectation of more frequent heat events.

An emergency coordination centre has been activated to supervise those measures and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has called on Montrealers to show solidarity with at-risk people.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province´s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health extended the city's heat warning until further notice over the weekend.

If the temperature in fact hits 33 degrees on Wednesday, it would set a new record for Sudbury.

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"We go out to the paramedics, we go out to the hospitals and we ask them to make sure to identify any deaths they believe are related to heat and that allows us to intervene more quickly", Kaiser said. "It's not as normal that we see this length of a heat wave". The last one was in 2011 at eight days.

Canada Day was supposed to start out sunny in the morning, turning to a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon, with a 30 per cent chance of showers. However, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

"There are still two days left of particularly hot weather with particularly high humidex levels", Genereux said.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", according to Environment Canada.

To prevent heat stress during a heat alert, Dr. Strang suggests to stay in a shaded, cool or air-conditioned area, drink plenty of water, wear light-coloured clothing and to not leave anyone or any animal unattended in vehicles.

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