Various parts of Quebec are under heat warnings as we head into the second-to-last weekend in July.
Environment Canada has issued an alert for 14 regions throughout the province, including Montreal.
Temperatures could feel as hot as 45ºC, according to the weather agency.
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“A warm and very humid air mass will move into Southern Quebec on Friday. The high heat and humidity will remain through Saturday. Humidex values will reach between 40 and 45,” reads the wide-spread alert.
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.
Environment Canada warns that “the risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, and people working or exercising outdoors.”
The alert urges citizens to drink plenty of water, stay in a cool place, and to never leave pets or people inside parked vehicles.
A heat warning has been issued for the following areas:
- Drummondville – Bois-Francs
- Eastern Townships
- Lachute – Saint-Jérôme
- Metro Montréal – Laval
- Richelieu Valley – Saint-Hyacinthe
- Upper Gatineau – Lièvre – Papineau
- Vaudreuil – Soulanges – Huntingdon
The warning concluded by asking locals to check in on vulnerable friends, families, neighbours, and loved ones during heat waves, “especially those who suffer from a loss of autonomy, from a chronic disease or those who live alone, in order to ensure they are cool and not dehydrated.”
Montreal is expected to be hit with consecutive days of dangerous temperatures as Friday and Saturday afternoon could feel like 41ºC and 40ºC, respectively.