Montreal is starting off the last week of July with a heat warning.
Environment Canada has issued the alert for Montreal and its surrounding areas, calling for ‘feels like temperatures’ to exceed 40ºC today.
According to the weather agency, heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humid conditions are expected to pose an “elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.”
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‘Feels like’ temperatures, as of 9:30 am, are expected to increase steadily throughout the day before topping out at 41ºC by 5 pm, as per The Weather Network.
The heat warning, issued in the early hours of Monday morning, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
Environment Canada says “extreme heat affects everyone” and urges citizens to drink plenty of water and stay in a cool place.
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.
Environment Canada asks locals to continually monitor weather updates once an alert has been issued.