"Oppressive heat wave" continues in Montreal until the weekend

Jul 8 2020, 6:10 am

The beginning of July will continue to bring dangerously high temperatures as Environment Canada’s heat warning enters its third consecutive day.

“The oppressive heat wave continues,” states the weather agency’s alert which calls for “extreme weather” to stick around until the weekend.

“A warm and humid air mass over Southern Quebec will continue over the next few days,” says Environment Canada. “Temperatures will exceed the 30-degree mark during the day and shouldn’t drop below 20 degrees at night. The combined temperature and humidity values will give humidex values of 40.”

Environment Canada warns that heat warnings pose an elevated risk of  heat stroke or heat exhaustion. Temperatures are expected to reach ‘feels like’ highs of 40ÂșC today at 5 pm and hover just below 30ÂșC come nightfall.

Friday and Saturday are expected to bring back-to-back days of ‘feels like’ numbers that exceed 40ÂșC, wedged between 39ÂșC on Thursday and 37ÂșC on Sunday before dipping to the low 30s by early next week.

The Weather Network

The heat warning, updated in the early hours of Wednesday morning, is in effect for the following areas:

  • ChĂąteauguay – La Prairie area
  • Laval area
  • Longueuil – Varennes area
  • MontrĂ©al Island area

The weather agency warns that citizens should watch for heat illness-related symptoms including dizziness, fainting, nausea, vomiting, rapid breathing and heartbeat, extreme thirst, and decreased urination frequency.

Environment Canada says the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people working or exercising outdoors.

“Check on older family, friends and neighbours,” reads the alert. “Make sure they are cool and drinking water and never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.”

Citizens are reminded to drink water continually throughout the day, even when you’re not thirsty, and to wear breathable clothes.

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