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

Death Toll Rising In Canada Heat Wave

33 heat-related deaths reported in Quebec

Officials are advising people in Quebec to drink plenty of water and to check in on neighbours or relatives and get them to an air-conditioned place, especially elders with medical conditions.

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.

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

Most of the victims linked to the "overwhelming heat" were in the Montreal area, which recorded 28 fatalities, metropolitan health authorities told AFP in an email.

The heat-related death toll increased to 34 as temperatures rose as high as 95 F and Environment Canada issued a smog and heat warning for the province, the CBC reported.

He said the Montreal heat exposure victims were between 50 and 80. The temperature of the air in their homes reached 38 degrees.

He said that disadvantaged people who had chronic illnesses or were living alone were particularly vulnerable.

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

But Ontario does not track heat related deaths in the same way as Quebec and does not report on potential causes of death without a coroner's investigation.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave", he wrote. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

Also on Wednesday, the ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.

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