Friday, 20 July, 2018

Heat wave kills 17 in eastern Canada

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Eleanor Moreno | 05 July, 2018, 04:54

In the US, one woman reportedly died Saturday in Pennsylvania after going into cardiac arrest due to the heat, and a 30-year-old man collapsed while running a race in NY.

Montreal's health authority says 11 people have now died from complications related to the hot and humid weather.

High heat and humidity will return for Tuesday.

The move is part of the federal government's climate change adaptation in expectation of more frequent heat events.

The number of deaths being attributed to an intense heat wave in Quebec has climbed to 15, prompting public-health officials to warn those at risk to take precautions to avoid heat-related illness.


"What's more unique about this is the duration", said Kelly Hobelman, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. "It's not as normal that we see this length of a heat wave". The extreme heat was expected to ease off on Friday with the passage of a cold front.

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. Friday is forecast to be 28 C with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

The Salvation Army was out at Gore Park handing out bottles of water reminding people to heed the warnings and protect themselves, and police have already received a number of calls including one on Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road in Burlington where they rescued a dog from a hot vehicle where the temperature was 66 degrees.

Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference Wednesday the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness.

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