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05 July 2018

Dr. Stang says he doesn't fear having more frequent warnings will make people pay less attention to them.

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.

"We would prefer having no deaths related to heat but with four days of intense heat and especially hot nights, we expect to see an impact on people's health", Kaiser said.

The weather agency says a "very warm and humid air mass" has settled over the Maritimes and above normal temperatures and humid conditions will stick around into Thursday.

As of Tuesday, according to CNN, an estimated 80 million people in the USA remained under heat advisories and warnings.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", Environment Canada said in the heat warning for the national capital area posted on its website.

"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".

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The move is part of the federal government's climate change adaptation in expectation of more frequent heat events.

People at risk of heat-related illnesses include those with chronic illnesses, people with limited mobility or certain mental health illnesses, infants and young children, people on certain medications, and the homeless.

Toronto's Medical Officer of Health extended the city's heat warning until further notice over the weekend.

The new system is a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada, Health Canada and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. The heat is going to continue until Thursday, with some relief on Friday when temperatures finally start dipping under 30 C.

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.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Heat warnings in effect