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Canadian Facts and Trivia - THE DISASTERS
Heat waves can kill, especially in the ages before air conditioning.

In July 1936, a heat wave marked by temperatures in excess of 44oC killed 1,180 people in Manitoba and Ontario, with most of the victims elderly and infants, according to Environment Canada. Four hundred of the victims drowned in rivers and lakes trying to escape the heat.

From Environment Canada: "The heat was so intense that steel rail lines and bridge girders twisted, sidewalks buckled, crops wilted and fruit baked on trees."