Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Science | By Clint Wade

Heat wave death toll rises in Quebec

Heat wave death toll rises in Quebec

A cold front is forecast to pass through southern Ontario this afternoon ushering in a slightly cooler and less humid air mass.

Mr. Feltmate says that while one isolated event might be normal, the world and Canada are seeing more extreme weather events - patterns that can be attributed to climate change.

"It's a heat wave for sure, and it's stifling", he told CBC Toronto.

In addition to its cooling centres, there are many other places where people can go to escape the heat, the city said.

Tuesday's forecast is for sunshine, a high of 32 C - Monday was 36 C - with a humidex of 36, a UV index of 9 or very high and a low of 20 C.

The sizzling temperatures over the long weekend are expected to continue through much of the work week, as the humidex once again soars to the 40 mark.

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Montreal firefighters and police have been rolling out its emergency response efforts looking for people who may be at risk of health complications during this extreme heat wave. Humidex values will also increase, reaching mid-40s values on both days.

Couillard noted that the weather is expected to cool down by Friday but "we expect to have this kind of episode every year".

An extended heat warning issued by the city's medical officer of health on Sunday remains in effect.

A fifth fatality may also have been caused by the heat, they said.

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. However, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

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