Much of eastern Canada remains under blanket of hot, humid air

04 Juillet, 2018, 17:27 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • Extreme heat warnings have been issued across southwestern Ontario

None of the victims had air conditioning, and they all lived in apartment buildings. The last one was in 2011 at eight days.

"We can anticipate seeing more frequent heat alerts because the threshold has been lowered but that threshold is actually based on an up-to-date analysis of where we actually start to see impacts on human health", says Dr. Strang.

Opting to sit in the shade with a good book or spending the day right here in the water even mother nature, with a quick burst of rain couldn't cool things down today.

Regardless, the City of Montreal has rolled out emergency measures.

Firefighters planned to do 5,000 home inspections among those considered most at risk from high temperatures.

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Mylène Drouin, Montreal's regional director of public health, says the number of calls for ambulance transport rose to 640 on Tuesday, compared with a normal average of 540. The agency said it is struggling to meet the demand of people who require transportation to hospital. Temperatures in Canada's largest city have topped 30 degrees every day since Friday.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", Environment Canada said in the heat warning for the national capital area posted on its website.

A cooldown isn't expected until Friday, when a cold front finally passes through.

In the Eastern Townships region southeast of Montreal, four deaths are under investigation to determine if they are related to the extreme heat. Inland communities are hit harder than those along the coast.

As surprising as it sounds, no temperature records were broken over the long weekend in Southwestern Ontario.

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