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Canadian heat wave claims a total of 12 lives in Montreal

Canadian heat wave claims a total of 12 lives in Montreal

According to records, 106 people have died in Montreal due to heat since 2010.

Montreal reached a high of 34 degrees on Wednesday, a peak that is expected to continue on Thursday, before cooling to 24 degrees on Friday.

Environment Canada says temperatures will remain high through the week warning people to stay cool.

That's more than double the six deaths confirmed on Tuesday.

The oppressive weather has enveloped much of Central and Eastern Canada since the Canada Day long weekend.

Officials have also called on the public to check on their neighbors.

The heat warning extends throughout the GTA and most of southern Ontario, including Hamilton, Waterloo and Barrie.

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

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.

Firefighters planned to do 5,000 home inspections among those considered most at risk from high temperatures.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health extended the city's heat warning until further notice over the weekend. The person had complained of the heat and breathing difficulties and died after paramedics had arrived. The previous record was 35.

The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

A cooldown isn't expected until Friday, when a cold front finally passes through.

"We go out to the paramedics, we go out to the hospitals and we ask them to make sure to identify any deaths they believe are related to heat and that allows us to intervene more quickly", Kaiser said. "So, at least a bit of a break from this intense heat that we've been experiencing".


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