Death toll from Canada heat wave rises to 33

Death Toll Rising In Canada Heat Wave

Death Toll Rising In Canada Heat Wave

And alarming numbers show a rising death toll in Canada related to the heat.

Deaths linked to a heat wave in Canada's Quebec province has almost doubled to 33 from the last count, health officials said on Thursday, as extreme weather conditions that have gripped central and eastern Canada reached their peak.

Despite a decrease in humidity, the level of danger remains high.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

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.

As well, most had health issues aggravated by the poor air quality that is a byproduct of the excessively high heat and humidity, said Regional Health Authority Dr. Mylene Drouin.

The city has opened pools and air conditioned spaces to the public. "The record is expected to continue in central & eastern Canada, so make sure you know how to protect yourself & your family".

The other victims were reported in the southwest of the French-Canadian province, the Quebec health ministry said.

The neighbouring province of Ontario was also under heat warnings over the last few days and may too have seen a rise in heat-related fatalities.

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

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