Up to 54 deaths linked to southern Quebec heat wave

Up to 54 deaths linked to southern Quebec heat wave

And alarming numbers show a rising death toll in Canada related to the heat.

A heat wave in Quebec has killed almost three dozen, some reports said, as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada.

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

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"While we are an advanced industrialized economy, these deaths reflect that there are serious social inequalities", he said, adding that many wealthy countries the world over had been hit by heat waves associated with climate change.

As well, most had health issues aggravated by the poor air quality that is a byproduct of the excessively high heat and humidity, said Regional Health Authority Dr. Mylene Drouin.

While hot weather is expected to remain in Quebec next week, Serge Mainville of Environment Canada says it will be a dry heat.

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The rest of the deaths occurred in other parts of the French-speaking province.

According to David Kaiser of the Department of public health of Montreal, all the victims did not have air conditioning at home and suffered from various illnesses. "Obviously when we get there and the person may have passed, they're very rarely already with family".

The heat wave is expected to end by Thursday evening with temperatures between 23 and 25 degrees Celsius over the next few days. "The elderly, people with chronic diseases and people with mental health problems are more at risk". Of those who died, 18 were in Montreal, Quebec's largest city, CTV News reported.

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

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