A warm and humid air mass will track into Quebec during the weekend, with “feels like” temperatures expected to reach 40ºC.
This afternoon, Environment Canada issued a Special Weather Statement for Montreal and its surrounding areas, calling for temperatures to exceed 30ºC from Sunday to Tuesday.
The weather is expected to be hot and muggy at night as well with overnight lows near 20ºC.
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“During times of high heat, your health and the health of your family and friends can deteriorate rapidly,” says the agency.
The alert, issued just past 11:30 am, is in effect for the following areas:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
The ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec 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. As appropriate, follow your physician’s instructions regarding the amount of fluid to drink.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages
- If you can, spend at least two hours a day in an air-conditioned or cool place
- Take at least one cool shower or bath per day, or cool your skin several times per day with wet towels
- Limit physical activity
- Wear light clothes
Environment Canada reminds locals to never leave a child or baby alone in a vehicle or a poorly ventilated room for even a few minutes.
The agency asks people to check in on loved ones, especially those who are most vulnerable or living alone.
Environment Canada asks citizens to continually monitor weather updates once an alert has been issued.