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33 heat-related deaths reported in Quebec

33 heat-related deaths reported in Quebec

The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days. They have set up a special liaison program with hospitals and emergency rooms to monitor heat-related illnesses and mortality, Kaiser said, which may explain why the number of deaths seems high compared to elsewhere in the nation. The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality.

Despite a decrease in humidity, the level of danger remains high. "So now we're adding another blow to that, and the blow is recurrent over multiple days".

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

"It could save a life", Genereux said.

Environment Canada lifted heat warnings Friday, despite expectations that temperatures will once again rise early next week.

The death toll has climbed every day this week, with most of the victims between the ages of 50 to 80. The temperature of the air in their homes reached 38 degrees.

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The other victims were reported in the southwest of the French-Canadian province, the Quebec health ministry said.

As previously reported "FACTS", in the province of Quebec because of the heat died 16 people.

The 2010 heat wave was one of the hottest on record in over 60 years and was linked to some 280 deaths over a period in July.

"High concentrations of pollutants are expected to persist through tonight", the agency says, noting smog is especially hard on asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease.

Montreal-area paramedics weren't expecting a big drop-off in calls on Friday despite the more bearable conditions.