54 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat as hot, humid weather subsides

Canada Six days of heat wave kill 18 in Quebec temperatures likely to drop on Friday

Canada Six days of heat wave kill 18 in Quebec temperatures likely to drop on Friday

A young boy plays at a water fountain in 2010, when a high heat and humidity warning like the one in place now was in effect for several regions in Canada.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died in Quebec during this heat wave." tweeted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Dr. Mylene Drouin, the regional director of Montreal's public health department, said ambulance services reported receiving more than 1,200 calls overall in Montreal on Wednesday.

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Numerous victims were older than 50, male, living alone and had no air conditioning, said Dr. David Kaiser of Montreal's Regional Public Health Department.

The rest of the deaths occurred in other parts of the French-speaking province. A high of 23 C is predicted for Friday and cooler temperatures will last through the weekend, into next week.

Public health officials said on Friday that coroner investigations will be completed to confirm that the reported fatalities are all heat related. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

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Thursday marks day six of the heat wave in our region. Numerous victims suffered from chronic health issues or mental illnesses and lived in areas known as 'heat island, ' - regions prone to higher temperatures due to a lack of vegetation.

A heatwave in Canada has killed 33 people in the past week.

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Police and firefighters also continued to go door to door in areas identified as having people considered at high risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, those who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.

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