The second official day of summer is coming in hot — literally.
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas, calling for “feels like” temperatures to creep close to 40°C.
The weather agency says that temperatures will be a few degrees higher in highly urbanized areas, calling the weather to be “particularly uncomfortable.”
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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
Environment Canada’s 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
It currently feels like 34ºC in Montreal, with temperatures expected to reach a high of 39ºC by this afternoon. Tuesday and Wednesday are forecasted to bring some thunderstorms and dangerously high humdiex values of 41ºC, starting on Tuesday, before easing into much more summer-like temperatures for the rest of the week.
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.