21 dead in Canadian heat wave

Glen Norman
July 9, 2018

Environment Canada has lifted heat warnings for the affected regions, including Quebec, for the next several days.

In the canadian province of Quebec the number of deaths from heat was increased to 50 people.

The majority of the victims there were men aged 53-85 living in vulnerable conditions without access to air conditioning, she added.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, the regional director of Montreal's public health department, said ambulance services reported receiving more than 1,200 calls overall in Montreal on Wednesday.


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

The city has opened pools and air conditioned spaces to the public. Montreal's health department has reported 12, and five have been reported in the Eastern Townships. A high of 23 C is predicted for Friday and cooler temperatures will last through the weekend, into next week.

"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.

Alexandre Parent, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada told Newsweek Thursday would be the last day of the heat wave thanks to a "cold front approaching".


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

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

In 2010, a heat wave killed around 100 people in the Montreal area.


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