It's Official: The Heatwave Has Killed As Many People In Quebec As The 1998 Ice Storm
Thankfully it's over.
As you step outside this morning you will instantly notice that the temperature has dropped significantly.
It's still hot outside, but the ferocious heat and humidity have finally subsided and there's a coolness to the morning air.
We've been covering the progress of the heatwave all week, and it looks like the most recent recorded number of deaths is staggering.
Since yesterday evening, the brutal heat wave has officially taken the lives of 33 Quebec residence across the province. That's HUGE. And it's likely still climbing since then.
For those of you who are too young to remember, the ice storm wasn't just a little-frozen rain. This was a goliath of a winter storm where southern Quebec and Ontario were demolished by 10 millimeters of freezing rain and ice pellets over the course of five days.
At the height of the ice storm, HALF of Quebec was left without power. We were in total darkness for days, some families for weeks. And it was cold outside; so so cold. I remember it so clearly still to this day. It was terrifying.
According to a source, the number of fatalities made the Ice Storm one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history.
Well looks like our epic summer heat wave of 2018 is going to be going down in history as well. With a death toll of 33, it's currently taken a place on the list of worst natural disasters in Canadian history, too.
It looks like Montrealers are just as unprepared for brutal heat as they are for a brutal snow storm. Perhaps heat waves are not taken as seriously as winter storms.
Whatever the reason, we hope that when the next heat wave comes along, the city will be more prepared to bring help to the citizens who need it most.