At least 17 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat

05 July, 2018, 04:54 | Author: Harriet Bell
  • Extreme heat warnings have been issued across southwestern Ontario

"Extreme heat affects everyone". They planned to visit thousands more as the heat was expected to continue until Friday.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, head of public health for the Montreal region, said the number of fatalities has risen since authorities first announced six deaths on Tuesday, but that the spike is not unexpected.

The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

Toronto's longest heat wave was 12 days in 1953, but the city sees a heat wave lasting a week or so about every five to 10 years, Ms. Hobelman said.

Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

But relief is coming, however slowly.

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He says most vulnerable to become sick due to high heat and humidity are infants, young children, the elderly and people with chronic health conditions like lung or heart problems.

A cold front is forecast to pass through southern Ontario this afternoon ushering in a slightly cooler and less humid air mass. Friday is forecast to be 28 C with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

University of Waterloo climate scientist Blair Feltmate says the heat wave can't be directly attributed to climate change, but that suggesting the two aren't linked would be like arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping.

The sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that have blanketed Eastern and Central Canada have contributed to the deaths of at least 17 people in Quebec over the last few days, health officials said Wednesday.

Make sure to stay cool and hydrated.

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