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54 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat as hot, humid weather subsides

08 July 2018

It lasted two days longer than a similar five-day period of extreme heat in 2010, but heat warnings were lifted overnight on Friday as temperatures began to cool.

The steamy conditions that have prevailed in Central and Eastern Canada for several days have contributed to 33 deaths in Quebec, health officials said Thursday.

Most of the victims were between 50 to 80 years old and Montreal public health official Mylene Drouin said most of those who died in Montreal were older than 65, had no air conditioning and had prior health issues. Numerous victims suffered from chronic health issues or mental illnesses and lived in areas known as 'heat island, ' - regions prone to higher temperatures due to a lack of vegetation.

While hot weather is expected to remain in Quebec next week, Serge Mainville of Environment Canada says it will be a dry heat.

Twenty-eight of those deaths have come in Montreal, where humid temperatures climbed past 43 degrees Celsius.

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

The ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area has called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.

According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems.

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

54 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat as hot, humid weather subsides