July is certainly coming in hot.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas, calling for the weather to reach ‘feels like’ temperatures of 38ºC.
“A warm and humid air mass will settle over Southern Quebec today,” says the weather agency. “The combined values of temperature and humidity will give humidex values that will reach 40. It is expected to taper off in the evening with the onset of precipitation.”
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Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses including heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
The heat warning, issued in the early hours of Thursday morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Environment Canada urges citizens to drink plenty of water even before feeling thirsty and to stay in a cool place.
The weather agency reminds citizens to continually monitor weather patterns and updates after an alert has been issued.