Environment Canada has issued a special weather alert for Montreal and its surrounding areas as warm weather settles over the southern part of the province.
According to the weather agency, it seems like we’re in for a few days of heat. “It will give daytime highs ranging between 32 and 34 degrees Celsius from Wednesday to Sunday,” states the alert. “Humidity will gradually increase beginning Thursday and lead to warmer, more uncomfortable nights. The temperatures combined with humidity will give humidex values around 37.”
The alert states that temperatures could be even a few degrees higher in urbanized areas, namely Montreal, and says “discomfort” could be felt.
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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 special weather statement, issued in the early hours of Wednesday morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
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.