In addition to the current cold weather warning, a smog warning has been issued for Montreal.
According to Environment Canada, “high concentrations of fine particulates are expected and will result in poor air quality.”
The warning is in effect for the following regions:
- Châteauguay – La Prairie area
- Laval area
- Longueuil – Varennes area
- Montréal Island area
“Smog especially affects asthmatic children and people with respiratory ailments or heart disease. It is therefore recommended that these individuals avoid intense physical activity outdoors until the smog warning is lifted,” said Environment Canada in a statement.
The weather agency suggests limiting the use of fireplaces and wood-burning stoves, opting to use public transit, reducing driving speed and not letting car engines idle unnecessarily, in order to reduce smog.
Environment Canada has also updated its cold weather warning.
“Bitterly cold air combined with light winds will maintain wind chill values between minus 30 and minus 36 range over Western and Central Quebec this morning,” said Environment Canada.
“The winds will intensify tonight, which will cause the wind chill values to drop between minus 36 and minus 42.”