It's no secret, there is a Heat Warning in effect for most of Southern Quebec and Ontario this weekend as a "warm and very humid airmass," moves into the region today.

You can likely feel it already, despite the bit of rain we've already received in Montreal, and the humidity shows no signs of slowing down.

Especially considering Environment Canada is expecting Humidex values to "reach between 40 and 45" for some regions in Southern Quebec and Ontario.

The humidex, as the CBC aptly describes it, is Canada's "flawed way to calculate summer discomfort." But we like it cause it sounds more legit than "Real Feel." 

The humidity index, or "humidex," indicates the discomfort of humidity through the use of temperatures to indicate what it would feel like on a day with a dry temperature.

Apparently, the word "humidex" is a uniquely Canadian term... perhaps it developed because we all know how real wind chill is, so obviously there has to be a summer equivalent.

At least those of us in Quebec can find solace in the knowledge that we're not alone in this struggle... Below is a map provided by Environment Canada which highlights all the areas that are currently under a Heat Warning for the weekend.

Surprisingly enough, there are also several regions in the Northwest Territories that are also under a Heat Warning for this weekend, as temperatures are expected to climb.

Considering that we've all been aware of this incoming heat for days, there is no excuse for not speaking to your neighbours and family members to ensure they're doing okay while the temperatures climb.

Environment Canada warns Canadians to be aware of and watch for the effects of heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Symptoms of heat-related illnesses include, "swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and the worsening of some health conditions."

Looking for a way to chill out? Consider one of the many water parks near Montreal, or find a free public pool near your place right in the city.

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