In case you missed it: Heat wave claims dozens of lives in Canada, US; Haboob engulfs parts of Arizona

By Katy Galimberti, AccuWeather staff writer
July 06, 2018, 10:17:00 AM EDT

The oppressive heat wave that has spread across the eastern United States and eastern Canada has led to a number of heat-related fatalities, officials report.

CBC News reported that more than 100 people were treated for heat-related issues at Canada Day events in Ottawa on Sunday. At least 33 people have died after suffering heat-related complications in Quebec, CTV reported. Temperatures climbed well into the 90s F.

At least three deaths have been reported in the U.S. as a consequence of the extreme heat, CNN reports.

Meanwhile, in the northwestern United States, record low temperatures were reported in some areas.

In Eugene, Oregon, on Tuesday morning, a new record low July temperature of 38 F was reported, the lowest since records began more than a century ago. Snow even fell in parts of Montana.

Strong thunderstorms led to flash flooding in Houston on Independence Day. Parts of downtown Houston were left under water after as much as 8 inches of rain fell in a span less than five hours during the morning.

Nearly 200 cars were pulled from flooded roadways, local officials said.

All July Fourth activities other than the fireworks display were canceled.

Major dust storms swelled over parts of Arizona on Thursday, limiting visibility and creating apocalyptic scenes.

Traffic came to a standstill between Phoenix and Tucson during the height of the storm. Winds up to 60 mph were reported, creating hazardous conditions.

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A massive dust storm engulfed parts of Arizona on Thursday, July 5. (Photo/@chop466)

Dust storms of this nature occur when thunderstorm winds push downward and outward. This kicks up dust into the air, resulting in reduced visibility. These also are sometimes referred to as haboobs.

The strong winds led to some property damage and downed trees in the region.

At least 33 people were killed after two boats carrying tourists off the coast of southern Thailand overturned on Thursday amid rough seas.

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Thai divers were able to retrieve at least 33 bodies from the wreckage's location in the storm near Phuket, and about 23 people remain missing as of Friday, according to officials.

The upper part of the Indian Ocean and surrounding waters can be very rough and turbulent during the monsoon, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jim Andrews said.

Monsoon rains have trapped youth soccer players and their coach in a cave system in Thailand and rescue workers are scrambling to sort out a plan to rescue them.

A rescue official died this week after delivering oxygen. Oxygen levels in the cave are dropping, pushing up the timeline for potential rescue. The 12 boys and their coach have been trapped for two weeks after being caught off guard during intense rains, trapping them in the complex caves.

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