Much of eastern Canada still under blanket of hot, humid air

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Six people died in Montreal over the Canada Day long weekend as an intense heat wave gripped large parts of the country.

Environment Canada says a heat warning remains in effect for an area spanning southwestern and northeastern Ontario through southern Quebec and into the Atlantic region, with above normal temperatures and humid conditions likely to stick around into Thursday.

A government heat warning is in place for the region, but meteorologists are forecasting a drop in temperatures at the end of the week.

However, daytime highs are still expected to be in the low 30s, with humidex values possibly reaching the low 40s.

The heat wave, which started last Friday, is the worst to hit the province in decades, Canada's CBC reports.

Firefighters are going door-to-door to check on at-risk residents in Montreal and health officials have set up drop-in cooling centers in the city to offer respite from sizzling temperatures.

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Officials have also called on the public to check on their neighbors. You haven't felt anything yet, according to Environment Canada.

The passage of a cold front along with a 30 per cent chance of rain on Friday is expected to help temper the heat, leading to more seasonable summer weather the following weekend.

He said the Montreal heat exposure victims were between 50 and 80.

"This will be the most significant heat event in the past few years", said the national forecaster.

Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

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.

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