Heat warning remains in effect as temperatures expected to reach near 40ºC today

Jun 23 2020, 6:28 am

The first official week of summer is continuing to bring dangerously high heat to southern Quebec.

Environment Canada’s heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas remains in effect, calling for “feels like” temperatures to creep close to 40°C today.

As of 9:30 am Tuesday morning, it already feels like 33ºC in Montreal, according to the weather agency.

Environment Canada says that temperatures will be a few degrees higher in highly urbanized areas, calling the weather to be “particularly uncomfortable.”

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recommends that citizens protect themselves from the effects of the heat by taking the following actions:

  • Drink six to eight glasses of water per day (even when you’re not thirsty)
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks
  • Spend at least two hours a day in an air-conditioned or cool location
  • Take at least one cool shower or bath per day or cool your skin with wet towels
  • Limit physical activity
  • Wear light clothes

The Weather Network

Environment Canada’s heat warning, updated in the early hours of Tuesday morning, is in effect for the following areas:

  • Châteauguay – La Prairie area
  • Laval area
  • Longueuil – Varennes area
  • Montréal Island area

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 39ºC by this afternoon. Wednesday’s holiday St-Jean Baptiste Day is forecasted to bring some thunderstorms before easing into much more summer-like temperatures for the rest of the week (and some much-needed showers.)

The Weather Network

The weather agency reminds people to never leave children alone inside a poorly ventilated vehicle and urges neighbours to check in on vulnerable citizens.

Environment Canada asks locals to continually monitor weather updates once an alert has been issued.