33 heat-related deaths reported in Quebec

Hannah Rogers
July 9, 2018

A blistering heat swept through parts of Canada this week, killing 54 people in the province of Quebec, according to health officials.

One death in Laval and another in Mauricie brings the total number of heat-related deaths in the province up to 21, and more are expected.

Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to Dr. David Kaiser with Montreal's public health department.

The temperature is set to rise again in Montreal by the end of the weekend, however, with the humidex expected to reach up to 36 C for Sunday and Monday.

Temperatures soared to 93 Fahrenheit with a humidity that made it feel much hotter than that, the meteorological service said.

Public Health Minister Lucie Charlebois said none of the deaths occurred in a hospital or long-term care facility and that the people who died were already suffering from health problems, including mental-health issues or drug and alcohol addiction.

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According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days - for themselves as well as those close to them".

This is the worst heat wave residents of Quebec have seen in decades.

"What we know is, first they have heat stroke".

Across southern Quebec, public officials have been urging citizens to take precautions to avoid heat-related illnesses while, at the same time, keeping an eye on friends, family and neighbours.

In 2010, around 100 people in the Montreal area died when extreme heat stifled the area.

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