Heat wave kills 19 in Canada

Heat wave kills 19 in Canada

Heat wave kills 19 in Canada

Meanwhile, public-health officials in Quebec's Eastern Townships report four deaths suspected of being caused by the heat; one victim was a senior citizen and three were adults suffering from chronic illnesses.

That's more than double the six deaths confirmed on Tuesday.

Officials have also called on the public to check on their neighbors.

An emergency coordination centre has been activated to supervise those measures and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has called on Montrealers to show solidarity with at-risk people. Firefighters are knocking on doors in neighbourhoods with less greenery where temperatures can rise up to five degrees higher than the forecast high.

Slightly cooler conditions will likely arrive late Sunday as a cold front is expected to move through the region.

"It's tragic, but whenever there are heat waves like this, and we will have more heat than before because of changes to the climate, the people who are weakened and vulnerable are the most affected", he said.

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The UK has been experiencing a heatwave in recent days, with temperatures in the Norfolk reaching 23 degrees Celsius on Sunday. However, the rest of the beach remains open to members of the public and none of the roads in the surrounding area are closed.

The sticky humid air mass is expected to leave the region by Friday, which will lead to more comfortable temperatures on that day and into the weekend.

"Usually when we get heat events it only lasts two or four days", Ms. Hobelman said. "So, at least a bit of a break from this intense heat that we've been experiencing".

He says the new system is more accurate. Before that, it was 2001.

The heat wave has hit the Atlantic provinces too. The highest July 1 temperature recorded in Ottawa between 1939 and 2011 was 36.9 C in 1963.

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

"The record temperatures are expected to continue in central and eastern Canada, so make sure you know how to protect yourself and your family", Trudeau said.

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