Death Toll Rising In Canada Heat Wave

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Heat warnings are in effect across southern Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic region of the country, but temperatures are expected to drop overnight.

Heat waves that last Friday is observed South of the canadian province of Quebec, resulted in the deaths of at least 16 people, writes the Chronicle.info with reference to the Telegraph.

Health authorities reported that the number of heat casualties increased to 50 people.

"There are still two days left of particularly hot weather with particularly high humidex levels", Genereux said. They have set up a special liaison program with hospitals and emergency rooms to monitor heat-related illnesses and mortality, Kaiser said, which may explain why the number of deaths seems high compared to elsewhere in the nation.

The rest of the deaths occurred in other parts of the French-speaking province.

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Large parts of Ontario have experienced similarly sweltering conditions this week, though unlike Quebec no deaths have been reported there. Temperatures were in the mid-90s for Montreal on Sunday and Monday, about 20 degrees higher than the normal temperatures this time of year. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

Health officials in Quebec this week urged people to drink plenty of water, reduce physical activity, seek out air conditioning, and stay in the shade.

The heat wave is expected to end by Thursday evening with temperatures between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius over the next few days.

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

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