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Deadly heatwave kills 33 people in Canada

08 July 2018

Deaths linked to a heat wave in Canada's Quebec province has almost doubled to 33 from the last count, health officials said on Thursday, as extreme weather conditions that have gripped central and eastern Canada reached their peak.

Regional public health director Mylene Drouin said that the majority of the victims were men aged between 53 and 85.

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

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

Eighteen of those deaths were in Montreal, where Thursday's temperature was expected to climb to 113 degrees with humidity.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Wednesday: "My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who died in Quebec during this heat wave, ".

Charlebois, meanwhile, was asked about complaints from patients groups and health workers that some facilities are not equipped with air conditioning.

Montreal-area paramedics aren't expecting a big drop-off in calls today despite the more bearable conditions.

According to the Ministry, numerous dead were over 65 years of age and had physical or mental health problems.

No deaths had been reported for the same period in the neighbouring province of Ontario, which has also sizzled under extremely high temperatures.

Deadly heatwave kills 33 people in Canada