By The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG — A provincial official in Manitoba says two people died over the weekend from causes related to a heat wave in the southern part of the province.
The spokesperson says the province is working with the chief medical examiner to confirm the causes of death, and to confirm any drug use.
The victims’ ages and places of residence were not provided.
Earlier Monday, a heat warning was issued for Winnipeg and other communities in southeastern Manitoba where humidex values were expected to reach as high as 38 C.
The warning was lifted by Monday evening.
Environment Canada says the temperature will drop Tuesday to 26 C.
“Manitobans are reminded to be diligent during extreme heat. Be aware of the temperature and be prepared, stay hydrated, stay cool and keep out of the sun,” the provincial spokesperson said in an email Monday.
The province said the deaths over the weekend were related to hyperthermia — “an abnormally high body temperature caused by a failure of the heat-regulating systems of the body to deal with the heat load from a combination of metabolic heat, environmental factors and clothing requirements.”
Heath officials say people should stay hydrated and check on those who are vulnerable such as the older adults.