Up to 54 deaths linked to southern Quebec heat wave

19 People Have Now Died Because Of The Montreal Heat Wave featured image

Due to a difference in reporting systems, Canadian officials do not know if other provinces suffered deaths in relation to the heat wave.

Environment Canada lifted heat warnings for the regions, including Quebec, for the next several days.

As of early morning, Montérégie's public health department reported two more deaths caused by the worst heat wave Quebec has seen in decades.

The mercury has since June 29 regularly topped 30 C, accompanied by stifling humidity levels, but temperatures should drop back to seasonal averages from Saturday.

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The number of victims of the intense heat in Canada has risen to 50 people, according to health authorities of the country.

Officials say none of the deaths occurred in a hospital and that the deceased were already suffering from existing health problems.

The city has opened pools and air conditioned spaces to the public.

"Looking at the weather forecast, we are waiting for a return to normal in the coming hours", said Health Ministry spokeswoman Noemie Vanheuverzwijn.

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Plante also said first responders have been going door-to-door to check on about 15,000 vulnerable residents and encouraged people to check on their neighbors as well. Numerous victims suffered from chronic health issues or mental illnesses and lived in areas known as 'heat island, ' - regions prone to higher temperatures due to a lack of vegetation.

Prior to this, the only heat wave that Parent remembers being so memorable was a four to five day period in 2010.

She said the province's coroners will investigate each death.

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