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Paramedics feel heatwave’s heat

With the Humidex reaching 40 degrees Saturday and Sunday, cityparamedics were kept busy over the weekend caring for people strugglingthrough the city’s first heatwave of 2008.

With the Humidex reaching 40 degrees Saturday and Sunday, city paramedics were kept busy over the weekend caring for people struggling through the city’s first heatwave of 2008.


“There have been a lot of calls for heat-related issues today,” said paramedic team leader Roch Leduc.
Official numbers were not available, but Leduc said he was aware of around a dozen calls for people suffering from heat stroke, heat exhaustion or dehydration.


Meteorologist Mark Schuster, with Environment Canada, said temperatures were nearly 10C above normal for this weekend. Temperatures reached nearly 32C, but the humidity made it feel more like 40, he said. Though not a record high, it was close to the record high for June 8 of 32.8 C, set in 1959.


The heat is expected to dip to highs under 30 for the rest of the week, but will be broken up today and tomorrow by occasional rains.

 
 
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