Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Cristina Cross
July 5, 2018

Environment Canada's heat warning for the Greater Montreal Area predicts humidex values will reach near 40 C on Wednesday, and as high as 43 C on Thursday.

Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low twenties, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat.

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

Dr. David Kaiser, physician-manager at Montreal's public health authority, said officials aren't surprised by the number of deaths in the metropolis.

In Ontario, a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said it couldn't confirm if there were any heat-related deaths, adding it could take weeks or several months to complete such probes.

Couillard noted that the weather is expected to cool down by Friday but "we expect to have this kind of episode every year".

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So far the heat has only broken one record in Toronto - on Friday, Pearson airport hit a high of 35.4 degrees.

He says the new system is more accurate.

"It's tragic, but whenever there are heat waves like this, and we will have more heat than before because of changes to the climate, the people who are weakened and vulnerable are the most affected", he said.

Urgences-sante 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.

Temperatures approaching 30 C degrees are expected for P.E.I. on Tuesday and will continue on Wednesday, according to the latest Environment Canada forecast. A high of 26 and low of 14 is expected in Toronto on Friday, Ms. Hobelman said, with a chance of showers and a thunderstorm.

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