Heat Wave Continues Across U.S. as Death Toll Climbs

Heat Wave Continues Across U.S. as Death Toll Climbs

A total of 15 people died from complications related to the hot and humid weather which has been rampaging in Eastern and Central Canada since last weekend, according to CTV on Wednesday.

With the muggy temperatures expected to persist for at least another two days, authorities are urging people to be vigilant.

"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.

Dr. David Kaiser, physician-manager at Montreal's public health authority, tells The Canadian Press the Montreal heat exposure victims were between 50 and 80 years old. The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality. A high of 35°C with a humidex of 44 was expected Thursday. "We're inviting the population to be vigilant for the next two days - for themselves as well as those close to them".

The weather agency says a "very warm and humid air mass" has settled over the Maritimes and above normal temperatures and humid conditions will stick around into Thursday.

"It could save a life, " Genereux said.

Environment Canada said much of southern Ontario, including Toronto, also remains under a heat warning, with a humidex reading of 43 expected on Tuesday.

Isolated adults, seniors, young children, people experiencing homelessness and people with certain mental health illnesses, chronic illnesses, heart and lung issues or limited mobility are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses. Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low to mid twenties, except high teens in some rural areas, providing little or no relief from the heat.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province's capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

Montreal health officials opened 19 cooling stations in public health and social services buildings across the city, and asked people to call public transport services to get a ride to one of the air-conditioned centers.

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

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