MONTREAL — Quebec health authorities say 33 people in the province have died from heat-related complications over the last few days.
The number includes 18 in Montreal, which has been hit hard by muggy temperatures for several days.
The officials gave the update at a news conference in Montreal this morning.
No deaths have been reported in other provinces.
The ambulance service that serves a large swath of the Montreal area has called on people to refrain from calling unless it is a real emergency.
Urgences-sante says it has been inundated by the volume of calls — 1,200 calls per day in Montreal and nearby Laval over the past four days, which is 30 per cent more than usual on busy days.