Heat wave death toll rises in Quebec



The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality.

At least eight people in the USA and Canada have died in the past week due to the intense heat wave affecting parts of North America. "Daytime highs again will be near mid-thirties with humidex near mid-forties".

Officials across the province are advising people to drink plenty of water and check in on neighbours or relatives and get them to a place where air conditioning is available.

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

"We would prefer having no deaths related to heat but with four days of intense heat and especially hot nights, we expect to see an impact on people's health", Kaiser said.

Urgences-Santé says it has been inundated by the volume of calls since a heat wave enveloping Eastern and Central Canada settled in for an extended stay over the weekend.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", Environment Canada said in the heat warning for the national capital area posted on its website.

Premier Philippe Couillard praised the work of public health officials. None of the victims had air conditioning, and they all lived in apartment buildings.

"Usually in a normal situation we have 10 deaths per day, so we're not in an excess of mortality", Drouin said.

The heat wave will finally come to an end on Thursday night but the reprieve from sweltering conditions may be short-lived, according to a senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

Montreal's emergency medical service says it has received an influx of 300 more calls than usual.

Montreal's civil services have announced the introduction of measures aimed at ensuring the well-being and safety of residents, including a door-to-door operation created to reach at-risk people and to provide prevention advice in certain areas.

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