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The deaths were not concentrated in any specific municipality.

"After a couple of days of being hot and living in a place that has no air conditioning, the heat just overwhelms the body's capacity to adapt".

Environment Canada says temperatures could reach the mid-30s with humidex values into the mid-40s, while overnight lows are expected to be in the mid 20s, providing little or no relief from the heat.

Premier Philippe Couillard praised the work of public health officials.

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Local authorities are taking initiatives to combat the heat, including opening swimming pools and air-conditioned areas to the public, distributing water and having first responders checking in on vulnerable citizens.

"All of the deaths that we have identified are in a context of no air conditioning and where the measured temperature when the paramedics arrive is very high".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted condolences to the relatives of the Quebec victims. 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.

"Usually in a normal situation we have 10 deaths per day, so we're not in an excess of mortality", Drouin said.

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According to Environment Canada, the daytime high in Toronto will be 31 C on Tuesday, 32 C on Wednesday, and 32 C on Thursday.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Montreal's emergency services reported over 1,200 calls per day related to the heat, which represents 30 percent more than its busiest days.

Meanwhile, the ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area is calling on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.

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