A warm and humid air mass is headed towards southern Quebec this weekend.
Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for Montreal and its surrounding areas, stating a “heatwave is in sight.”
The weather agency says maximum temperatures are expected to “reach or exceed 30 degrees” on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
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Environment Canada says the weather will be “particularly humid” on Sunday and Monday when ‘feels like’ temperatures will hover between 38ºC and 42ºC.
“The nights will also be uncomfortable,” says the statement. A cold front and rain are forecasted to bring some respite on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week.
Environment Canada urges citizens to reschedule or plan outdoor daytime activities to the coolest time of the day and reminds people to continually monitor weather alerts and updates after a weather statement or warning has been issued.
The statement, issued in the early hour of Friday morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
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 agency reminds people to never leave children alone inside a poorly ventilated vehicle and urges neighbours to check in on vulnerable citizens when temperatures reach dangerously high levels.