Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province's capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin. Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante said firefighters and police visited 15,000 people to ensure they were coping with the heat.

Isolated adults, seniors, young children, people experiencing homelessness and people with certain mental health illnesses, chronic illnesses, heart and lung issues or limited mobility are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses.

Sudbury has been under a heat warning since Friday.

As Glenn Frey once sang, the heat is on - and will stay on for Windsor-Essex until at least Thursday, according to Environment Canada. Authorities were expected to provide more details on Wednesday morning.

A blanket of steamy, hot air has gripped Quebec and much of central and eastern Canada since Saturday.

The national weather agency says humidex values will climb back up to 40 C or higher on Wednesday and Thursday. Maritime temperatures are expected to return to seasonal normals for the weekend.

"All of the deaths that we have identified are in a context of no air conditioning and where the measured temperature when the paramedics arrive is very high". Most of the outages were in the Outaouais region of western Quebec in addition to areas north and northeast of Montreal.

Environment Canada has updated its heat advisory for southern Ontario, warning about high humidex values.

Dave Phillips tells CP24 that cooler temperatures should arrive in Toronto for the end of the week, bringing an end to what by that point will have been eight straight days of temperatures of 30 C or more.

As of late Monday, about 30 millimetres of rain had fallen in the Jasper region, creating the possibility of flooding in low-lying areas.

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