Dead from Heat-Wave Related Causes in Quebec

Women and children play in the water fountains at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Tuesday

Women and children play in the water fountains at the Place des Arts in Montreal on Tuesday

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.

And late Wednesday two more deaths blamed on the heat were recorded in a Montreal suburb, Radio Canada reported.

The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35 degrees Celcius with high humidity.

"What we know is, first they have heat stroke".

"The majority of people who have died in Montreal were part of those vulnerable during extreme heat conditions", said Kaiser.

Public health officials are urging people to stay hydrated, and to keep an eye on family and neighbors.

A government heat warning is in place for the region, but meteorologists are forecasting a drop in temperatures at the end of the week.

"The main goal of getting these declarations of deaths is each case, the public needs to investigate them and understand if there's residual risks in the places where these cases come from and if there's any preventative measures that can be taken", she said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted condolences to the relatives of the Quebec victims.

Police and firefighters also continued to go door to door in areas identified as having people considered at high risk: those with chronic illness or mental-health problems, those who live alone and people without air conditioning at home.

Earlier this week, Urgences-sante asked people to refrain from calling unless it was a real emergency.

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