At least 17 deaths in Quebec attributed to heat

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"The high heat and humidity could return on Wednesday", the heat warning reads. That rain may turn into a full-out thunderstorm, so plan your outdoor activities accordingly.

Environment Canada warns this extreme heat event will continue though for most of the week, calling this streak the most significant heat event in the past few years.

Temperatures soared to 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) with a humidity that made it feel closer to 40 degrees, the meteorological service said. The Atlantic region's heat wave is expected to break midweek, and Southern Ontario's should only last until Friday.

The extreme heat event will continue through Thursday.

Consistent daytime high temperatures exceeding 30 C (86 F) are predicted.

Canada Day was supposed to start out sunny in the morning, turning to a mix of sun and cloud in the afternoon, with a 30 per cent chance of showers.

Drouin said there have been thousands of home visits and that officials want to avoid the results of an extended heat period in 2010, when 106 people died in the Montreal area.

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

At least eight people in the USA and Canada have died in the past week due to the intense heat wave affecting parts of North America. Areas near the lake shores will be cooler.

Dr. Melissa Genereux, head of public health in the Eastern Townships, told a news conference Wednesday the victims are all adults - either seniors or people suffering from chronic illness.

The Salvation Army was out at Gore Park handing out bottles of water reminding people to heed the warnings and protect themselves, and police have already received a number of calls including one on Appleby Line and Upper Middle Road in Burlington where they rescued a dog from a hot auto where the temperature was 66 degrees.

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