Wednesday’s special weather statement has been upgraded to a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas, according to Environment Canada.
“A warm and very humid airmass will move into Southern Quebec on Friday and remain in place until Saturday,” reads the alert. “Humidex values will be high and approach 40, particularly in urbanized areas.”
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The weather agency says that “heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.”
Humidex values are expected to make Montreal feel like 41ºC on Friday followed by 40ºC on Saturday.
Environment Canada reminds residents to tread lightly with children by keeping them cool, hydrating them adequately, and reduce their expose to the heat.
The weather agency also urges people to check up on neighbours, friends, and family who may be considered vulnerable during dangerous heatwaves.
The 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
The alert concluded by reminding locals to continually monitor weather alerts and forecasts.