Dead from Heat-Wave Related Causes in Quebec

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Health authorities in the Canadian province of Quebec say 33 people have died from heat-related complications in the last few days. Numerous victims suffered from chronic health issues or mental illnesses and lived in areas known as 'heat island, ' - regions prone to higher temperatures due to a lack of vegetation.

Eighteen of those deaths have come in Montreal, where humid temperatures climbed past 43 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit).

Dr. Mylene Drouin, the regional director of Montreal's public health department, said most of the 18 victims in the metropolis were men aged between 53 and 85 who lived in places with no air conditioning.

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The heat-related death toll increased to 34 as temperatures rose as high as 95 F and Environment Canada issued a smog and heat warning for the province, the CBC reported. "The record is expected to continue in central & eastern Canada, so make sure you know how to protect yourself & your family".

This is the worst heat wave residents of Quebec have seen in decades.

Neighbouring Ontario has also been coping with high temperatures but no deaths have been reported there.

Montreal-area paramedics aren't expecting a big drop-off in calls today despite the more bearable conditions.

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