Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

Environment Canada is saying residents of southern Ontario will see some overnight relief from the heat, but daytime temperatures are expected to remain steamy.

The City of Toronto continues to have seven cooling stations open across the city as well as public, air-conditioned spaces like libraries and community centres available so people can catch a break from the never ending heat wave.

Along with the deaths in Montreal, four deaths are under investigation in the Estrie region to determine if they are related to the extreme temperatures, according to authorities.

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.

Slightly cooler conditions will likely arrive late Sunday as a cold front is expected to move through the region.

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Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference Wednesday the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness.

Drouin said there have been thousands of home visits and that officials want to avoid the results of an extended heat period in 2010, when 106 people died in the Montreal area.

"What's more unique about this is the duration", said Kelly Hobelman, a meteorologist with Environment Canada.

"The most recent one was back in 2011", says Cheng.

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. The heat is going to continue until Thursday, with some relief on Friday when temperatures finally start dipping under 30 C. Friday is forecast to be 28 C with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

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