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.\nYou 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.\nEspecially considering Environment Canada is expecting Humidex values to "reach between 40 and 45" for some regions in Southern Quebec and Ontario.\nThe 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."\nAccuWeather\nThe 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.\nApparently, 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.\nAt 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.\nEnvironment Canada\nSurprisingly 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.\nConsidering 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.\nEnvironment Canada warns Canadians to be aware of and watch for the effects of heat-related illnesses, like heat exhaustion or heat stroke.\nView this post on Instagram Tips for Preventing Heat-Related Illness Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated, Stay Informed Wear Appropriate Clothing: Choose lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing. Stay Cool Indoors: Stay in an air-conditioned place as much as possible. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library—even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat. Call your local health department to see if there are any heat-relief shelters in your area. Keep in mind: Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, they will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off. Use your stove and oven less to maintain a cooler temperature in your home. Schedule Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to limit your outdoor activity to when it’s coolest, like morning and evening hours. Rest often in shady areas so that your body has a chance to recover. Pace Yourself: Cut down on exercise during the heat. If you’re not accustomed to working or exercising in a hot environment, start slowly and pick up the pace gradually. If exertion in the heat makes your heart pound and leaves you gasping for breath, STOP all activity. Get into a cool area or into the shade, and rest, especially if you become lightheaded, confused, weak, or faint. Wear Sunscreen: Sunburn affects your body’s ability to cool down and can make you dehydrated. If you must go outdoors, protect yourself from the sun by wearing a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and by putting on sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher 30 minutes prior to going out. Continue to reapply it according to the package directions. Tip: Look for sunscreens that say “broad spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection” on their labels- these products work best. Do Not Leave Children in Cars: Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous temperatures, even with a window cracked open. While anyone left in a parked car is at risk, children are especially at risk of getting a heat stroke. Link to cdc in comments ... #heatrelatedillness #heatwave #heat A post shared by Kelly Simone' (@kellysimoneshelton) on Jul 17, 2019 at 8:23am PDT\nSymptoms of heat-related illnesses include, "swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heatstroke and the worsening of some health conditions."\nLooking 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.