The weekend is coming in hot.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas, calling for temperatures to reach humidex values of 35ºC today.
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Humidity will “gradually” increase as of today, making way for what the weather agency calls “uncomfortable nights.” The combined values of temperatures and humidity will make it feel like 35ºC to 40ºC throughout the weekend.
“During times of high heat, your health or your family and neighbours’ health can deteriorate rapidly,” reads the alert.
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recommends that you protect yourself 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 Thursday 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.