Eastern Canada Heat Wave Continues, Causing Several Deaths In Montreal

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According to the heat warning for Almaguin areas, first issued on Friday, June 29 at 3:19 p.m. and last updated at 4:57 a.m., Wednesday, July 4, temperatures on Wednesday and Thursday are once again forecast to climb into the low to mid 30s.

An emergency coordination centre has been activated to supervise those measures and Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante has called on Montrealers to show solidarity with at-risk people.

A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front.

"We can anticipate seeing more frequent heat alerts because the threshold has been lowered but that threshold is actually based on an up-to-date analysis of where we actually start to see impacts on human health", says Dr. Strang.

"What's more unique about this is the duration", said Kelly Hobelman, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. "So, at least a bit of a break from this intense heat that we've been experiencing". Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year.

He says the new system is more accurate.

The city is in the midst of an "extreme heat event", Environment Canada said in its warning on Sunday.

Friday's forecast is for a mix of sun and cloud, a 30 per cent chance of showers and a high of just 27 C and a low of 13 C that will have us all throwing open our windows.

University of Waterloo climate scientist Blair Feltmate says the heat wave can't be directly attributed to climate change, but that suggesting the two aren't linked would be like arguing that no particular home run can be attributed to steroids when a baseball player on a hitting streak is caught doping.

Make sure to stay cool and hydrated.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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