Canada heat wave-linked death toll doubles to 33

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

While the stifling weather has blanketed other parts of the country, no deaths have been reported elsewhere, but that may be because various jurisdictions have different ways of gathering data on heat-related fatalities.

Thirty-three people have died in Quebec from one of the worst heat waves to hit eastern and central Canada in decades, authorities said underscoring the vulnerability of elderly, ill and poor people during the hot summer months.

Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province's capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.

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Despite a decrease in humidity, the level of danger remains high.

While temperatures have come down on Friday, public health officials are warning that the Quebec residents should still take precautions in the wake of a week-long heatwave that claimed at least 44 lives throughout the province.

"None of the people we've identified in the last four days had air conditioning at home", Kaiser noted.

According to the report, 29 June in Quebec the temperature reached 35°C.

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None of the victims had air conditioning, and Kaiser said majority died inside of their homes.

Montreal-area paramedics aren't expecting a big drop-off in calls today despite the more bearable conditions.

The death toll from heat in the province of Quebec has increased seven times between Tuesday and Wednesday. The doctors of "ambulance" daily receive 1.2 thousand calls in Montreal.

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