Deaths linked to a heat wave in Canada's Quebec province has almost doubled to 33 from the last count, health officials said on Thursday, as extreme weather conditions that have gripped central and eastern Canada reached their peak.
Temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) with a humidity that made it feel closer to 40 degrees, the meteorological service said.
The record-breaking heat wave began June 29.
Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to Dr. David Kaiser with Montreal's public health department.
Parent said the heat wave was the worst he'd seen in his 18 years as a meteorologist.
Charlebois, meanwhile, was asked about complaints from patients groups and health workers that some facilities are not equipped with air conditioning.
But Ontario does not track heat related deaths in the same way as Quebec and does not report on potential causes of death without a coroner's investigation.
The heat-related death toll increased to 34 as temperatures rose as high as 95 F and Environment Canada issued a smog and heat warning for the province, the CBC reported.
Twelve of the dead were reported in the eastern province's capital Montreal, said regional public health director Mylene Drouin.
In Montreal was 28 deaths, in the Mauricie region killed 7 people, in the regions of Laval, Laurentide and Lanode - 1 fatal case, in Estrie, nine people were killed, and of Monteria - six.