Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas.
“The warm and humid air mass covering Southern Quebec since the last few days will persist through Tuesday evening, causing oppressive heat,” reads the alert. “The combined values of temperature and humidity will give humidex values near 40.”
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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.”
The risks are high for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.
The heat warning advises citizens to “drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty.”
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 Monday 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.