Heat wave kills 19 in Canada

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Montreal (AFP) – A heat wave in Quebec has killed at least 19 people in the past week as high summer temperatures scorched eastern Canada. Temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) with a humidity that made it feel closer to 40 degrees, the meteorological service said. The victims were part of “the very vulnerable population, the elderly or people suffering from chronic or mental illnesses.” In 2010, a heat wave killed around 100 people in the Montreal area.

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