Extreme heat to stick around GTA for most of the week

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"It's tragic, but whenever there are heat waves like this, and we will have more heat than before because of changes to the climate, the people who are weakened and vulnerable are the most affected", he said.

In the US, one woman reportedly died Saturday in Pennsylvania after going into cardiac arrest due to the heat, and a 30-year-old man collapsed while running a race in NY.

Montreal health officials are blaming the heavy heat and humidity for at least six deaths in recent days.

The extreme heat event will continue through Thursday.

In Ontario, a spokeswoman for the coroner's office said it couldn't confirm if there were any heat-related deaths, adding it could take weeks or several months to complete such probes.

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"We can anticipate seeing more frequent heat alerts because the threshold has been lowered but that threshold is actually based on an up-to-date analysis of where we actually start to see impacts on human health", says Dr. Strang.

"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.

He says the new system is more accurate. A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front. Friday is forecast to be 28 C with a 40 per cent chance of showers.

Environment Canada advises that extreme heat affects everyone.

Isolated adults, seniors, young children, people experiencing homelessness and people with certain mental health illnesses, chronic illnesses, heart and lung issues or limited mobility are at greater risk of heat-related illnesses. "And also do not forget to make sure you don't leave any people or pets in your auto, as temperatures will rise dramatically within minutes".

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