Heat warning still in effect but the end is in sight

Heat warning still in effect but the end is in sight

Heat warning still in effect but the end is in sight

"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.

The sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that have blanketed Eastern and Central Canada have contributed to the deaths of at least 17 people in Quebec over the last few days, health officials said Wednesday.

The extreme heat event will continue through Thursday.

The death toll of Montreal's recent heat wave is up to 17, according to data released by the CIUSS on Wednesday morning.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province´s capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

Southern Ontario is under an extreme heat warning with humidex values skyrocketing to 43 degrees.

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While coastal areas can expect cooler conditions, overnight lows will struggle to fall between 18 or 19 C degrees.

A cool down is finally expected by Friday as a cold front moves in.

In response to the extended heat warning, the city has opened a number of cooling centres around Toronto.

"We go out to the paramedics, we go out to the hospitals and we ask them to make sure to identify any deaths they believe are related to heat and that allows us to intervene more quickly", Kaiser said. The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors. A high of 26 and low of 14 is expected in Toronto on Friday, Ms. Hobelman said, with a chance of showers and a thunderstorm.

"There are still two days left of particularly hot weather with particularly high humidex levels", Genereux said.

Even those not specifically at risk are encouraged to stay inside or in the shade, and to limit outdoor activity in the heat.

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