Montreal's civil services have announced the introduction of measures aimed at ensuring the well-being and safety of residents, including a door-to-door operation created to reach at-risk people and to provide prevention advice in certain areas.
The heat wave that has gripped eastern parts of the USA and Canada has caused the deaths of scores of people, with tens of millions warned the high temperatures look set to stay for the next couple of days. Temperatures in Montreal reached 93 degrees Fahrenheit Wednesday, and are expected to stay the same Thursday.
With the muggy temperatures expected to persist for at least another two days, authorities are urging people to be vigilant.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to express his condolences to the victims of a heat wave that has claimed 18 lives in Quebec as of Thursday morning.
Southern Ontario has been hard hit as well.
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The Montreal city government unveiled an "extreme heat" plan Tuesday that includes distributing water to groups working with the homeless.
Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions. The city has extended its pool hours and opened its seven cooling centers, which provide air-conditioned spaces and cold drinks. The record high temperature at the airport for July 5 is 34.2°C, set in 2010.
"We see clearly that we're at the beginning of increases, which will continue to go up over the coming days", Drouin said. Temperatures in Canada's largest city have topped 30 degrees every day since Friday.
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Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Barrie, Collingwood, Hillsdale, Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Orillia, Washago, Lagoon City, Innisfil, New Tecumseth and Angus. A high of 26 and low of 14 is expected in Toronto on Friday, Ms. Hobelman said, with a chance of showers and a thunderstorm. She said on Tuesday that Urgences-Sante had reported a 30 per cent rise in ambulance transports since the beginning of the heat wave, up to about 1,200 per day.