In Canada, 33 people died from the heat wave

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Heat warnings are in effect across southern Quebec, Ontario and the Atlantic region of the country, but temperatures are expected to drop overnight.

According to the report, 29 June in Quebec the temperature reached 35°C.

The sweltering heat and suffocating humidity that have blanketed Eastern and Central Canada have contributed to the deaths of at least 17 people in Quebec over the last few days, health officials said Wednesday.

Metropolitan health authorities said, most numbers of deaths have been recorded in the Montreal area.

Public health officials said on Friday that coroner investigations will be completed to confirm that the reported fatalities are all heat related.

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Numerous victims were men over the age of 50 living alone in private apartments and seniors' residences, according to Dr. David Kaiser with Montreal's public health department.

"What we know is, first they have heat stroke". Of those who died, 18 were in Montreal, Quebec's largest city, CTV News reported.

Thursday marks day six of the heat wave in our region.

Meanwhile, a unsafe heat wave is expected to grip California and parts of the southwest Friday and into the weekend, threatening millions of people and likely fueling existing wildfires in the United States.

Montreal health officials also opened 19 cooling stations in public health and social services buildings across the city and asked people to call public transport services to get a ride to one of the air-conditioned centers. Signs of heat illness could include cramps and rashes, and among the people with the highest risk of suffering are generally older adults, young children, the homeless and people with chronic illnesses.