The end of the workweek isn’t easing Montreal’s dangerously high temperatures as Environment Canada’s heat warning is entering its fifth consecutive day.
“The extreme heatwave continues,” states the weather agency’s alert which calls for the hot and humid weather pattern to stick around until tomorrow afternoon.
“Temperatures will reach up to 36 degrees Celsius today and will not fall below 20 overnight tonight,” says the weather agency. “The combined values of temperatures and humidity will produce humidex values between 40 and 44.”
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Environment Canada warns that heat warnings pose an elevated risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
Temperatures are expected to reach “feels like” highs of 42ºC today at 3 pm and hover just below 30ºC come nightfall.
Saturday is forecasted to bring some much-needed rainfall to the Montreal metropolitan area as the weather agency is expecting 20 to 25 mm. Rainfall is slated to continue on Sunday before temperatures hover around much more seasonal numbers to start next week.
Friday’s heat warning is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
The weather agency warns that citizens should watch for heat illness-related symptoms including dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination frequency.
Environment Canada says the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people working or exercising outdoors.
“Check on older family, friends and neighbours,” reads the alert. “Make sure they are cool and drinking water and never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.”
Citizens are reminded to drink water continually throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty, and to wear breathable clothes.