Saturday, July 7, 2018

Up to 54 deaths linked to southern Quebec heat wave

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A heat wave in the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec has been linked to 54 deaths, officials say.

The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35C (95F), high humidity and, on the last day, a smog advisory.

The death toll climbed every day this week, with most of the victims between the ages of 50 to 85.
This summer's heat wave was among worst the province has seen in decades, officials say.

It lasted two days longer than a similar five-day period of extreme heat in 2010, but heat warnings were lifted overnight on Friday as temperatures began to cool.

Temperatures are expected to be seasonal and stay at 30C or below over the next few days, with no humidity.

Public health officials said on Friday that coroner investigations will be completed to confirm that the reported fatalities are all heat related.

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