Temperatures will continue to climb to dangerously high levels today as Environment Canada’s heat warning enters its fourth consecutive day.
“The extreme heat wave continues,” states the weather agency’s alert which calls for the hot and humid weather pattern to stick around until the weekend.
“Temperatures will reach 35 degrees during the day and will not fall below 20 degrees at night,” says Environment Canada. “The combined values of temperatures and humidity will produce humidex values between 40 and 43.”
The heat wave is only expected to subside on Saturday afternoon.
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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 41ºC today at 2 pm and hover just below 30ºC come nightfall.
Friday is expected to bring ‘feels like’ highs of 42ºC before temperatures dip to a little bit more comfortable 35ºC on Sunday, wedged between 38ºC on Saturday.
Today’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.