Six deaths in Montreal linked to heat wave


Montreal's civil services have announced the introduction of measures aimed at ensuring the well-being and safety of residents, including a door-to-door operation created to reach at-risk people and to provide prevention advice in certain areas.

A NUMBER of people have died because of a heatwave in central and eastern Canada.

Montreal city hall unveiled an "extreme heat" plan on Tuesday that includes distributing water to groups working with the homeless.

"My thoughts are with the loved ones of those who have died in Quebec during this heat wave", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.

Firefighters are going door-to-door to check on at-risk residents in Montreal and health officials have set up drop-in cooling centres in the city to offer respite from sizzling temperatures. Inland communities are hit harder than those along the coast.

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Elsewhere, in Missouri, the Kansas City Health Department confirmed the Jackson County Medical Examiner has been informed of a second possible heat-related death involving a man in his 80s following the death of a woman in her 40s towards the end of June. Mayor Valérie Plante urged people to check on vulnerable neighbours, including seniors.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada has maintained its heat warning for the Montreal area and recommends individuals drink six to eight glasses of water par day, avoid alcoholic beverages, take at least one shower or cool bath per day and cool their skin several times per day with wet towels and limit physical activities.

"Usually when we get heat events it only lasts two or four days", Ms. Hobelman said.

A 30-year-old man also collapsed running a race in Wilmington, New York, after his internal temperature reached an estimated 108 degrees Fahrenheit, reports CNN. Unless a family member decides to bring them a personal fan, they are left stuck in the same temperatures that could cause life-threatening situations. 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.

The Atlantic heat wave is also expected to break by the weekend.