Environment Canada's heat warning remains in effect for Montreal

Jul 4 2019, 7:23 pm

Environment Canada’s heat warning remains in effect for Montreal and its surrounding areas.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature and humid conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, heat stroke or exhaustion.

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The weather agency warns that temperatures above 30ºC are expected for the next three days with humidex values reaching 41ºC on Friday.

“Heavily urbanized areas in the city of Montreal and its immediate vicinity will reach warning criteria humidex values of 40 during this period,” reads the alert. “During times of high heat, your health or your families and neighbours’ health can deteriorate rapidly.”

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The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec (MSSS), in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recommends that Montrealers protect themselves from the heat with the following tips:

  • Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water par day, even when you’re not thirsty
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages
  • Spend at least 2 hours a day in air conditioned or cool places
  • Take at least one shower or cool bath per day, or cool your skin several times per day with wet towels
  • Limit physical activities
  • Wear light clothes

The MSSS also warns citizens to “never leave a child or baby alone in a vehicle or closed room, even for a few minutes.”

The alert concluded by urging locals to check on loved ones and neighbours, especially those living alone.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante says the city is closely monitoring the heat and is ready to intervene if necessary. She recommends using the city’s public pools as a way to cool off during the heat wave.

For more information and tips, visit the Government of Quebec’s Portail santé mieux-etre or call Info-Santé at 8-1-1.

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