Much of eastern Canada remains under blanket of hot, humid air

Much of eastern Canada remains under blanket of hot, humid air

"Daytime highs for the next three days are still [forecast to be] 31 C, 32 C and the overnight lows are still going to be near 20 C. It's going to be hot and humid through to Thursday", said Zhang.

In the Eastern Townships region southeast of Montreal, four deaths are under investigation to determine if they are related to the extreme heat.

A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front.

The spate of deaths may seem high, but Dr. Mylene Drouin, Montreal's regional director of Public Health, says it could have been much deadlier.

And if the heat wasn't enough, the forecast also calls for a 60 per cent chance of rain this afternoon while humidity levels stay high.

In response to the extended heat warning, the city has opened a number of cooling centres around Toronto.

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So far the heat has only broken one record in Toronto - on Friday, Pearson airport hit a high of 35.4 degrees. Temperatures in Canada's largest city have topped 30 degrees every day since Friday.

Humidex values reaching 43 are expected.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", according to Environment Canada.

"After a slightly cooler morning, daytime highs in the low thirties will continue today through Thursday", Environment Canada predicts in an updated heat warning Tuesday. However, the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

"If you're doing well, make sure you check on those who may be more vulnerable - any friends and family, those who are living alone", Ms. Hobelman said. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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