Death toll from Canada heatwave hits 34 as record-breaking weather continues


The canadian province of Quebec has covered a heat wave.

The worst heat wave in decades has claimed 33 lives in Canada with another day of scorching temperatures and related smog expected Thursday. And alarming numbers show a rising death toll in Canada related to the heat.

"A lot of them have a chronic disease condition", said Dr. Mylene Drouin, head of the regional health authority.

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

Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to David Kaiser of Montreal's public health department.

The rest of the deaths occurred in other parts of the French-speaking province.

A spokesperson for the Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario told CBC that despite no deaths having been reported thus far, "an investigation can take at least 90 days before the cause of death is confirmed depending on the circumstances and the complexity of the case".

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Environment Canada expected temperatures to cool on Friday with much less extreme highs of 23C to 25C over the weekend.

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

On Thursday, Environment Canada had forecast a maximum temperature of 35 C (95 F) but said the heat index would make it feel like 45 C.

Meanwhile, a risky heat wave is expected to grip California and parts of the southwest Friday and into the weekend, threatening millions of people and likely fueling existing wildfires in the United States.

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

Drouin said the victims were part of "the very vulnerable population, the elderly or people suffering from chronic or mental illnesses".