It’ll feel hotter than the backseat of your mom’s minivan and just as sticky over the next few days, says Environment Canada. The federal service issued a special weather statement for the Montreal and much of the southwestern part of the province Wednesday morning. It's predicting a daytime a high of 32 to 34 C in Montreal from Wednesday until Sunday.

Gradually increasing humidity starting Thursday will make it feel like a steamy 37 C.

The Weather Network puts the humidex value for Saturday at 38 C.

For context, daytime highs for Havana are projected to reach between 28 and 30 C from Wednesday to Sunday.

This could make for some uncomfortable nights, especially if you don't have air conditioning.  

“Note that temperatures will be a few degrees higher in the highly urbanised areas of the Montreal region. Discomfort will be particularly felt in these areas,” Environment Canada said in the statement.  

The special weather statement covers much of Southern Quebec, including Châteauguay – La Prairie, Laval, Longueuil – Varennes, and Montreal Island.

Heat becomes especially dangerous if it stays for a number of days in a row, states Environment Canada, and it's very important to take the proper precautions.  

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec has published a roundup of some tips for staying cool in the summer.

You should hydrate as if your health depended on it — and it does. You should routinely carry a water bottle and drink six to eight glasses per day, it says.

Avoiding excessive alcohol consumption is a good idea as it can cause dehydration.

You should seek out indoor activities in air-conditioned or cool locations, particularly during the hottest parts of the day.

Taking a cool shower or applying cold, wet towels to your body can help bring down your temperature.

In addition, it’s probably time for you to ditch your spring wardrobe in favour of light summer clothes.

Avoiding intense exercise is also recommended.   

The sun’s radiation can increase the heat in your vehicle to oven-like temperatures and every year children and pets die when they’re left in hot cars, so avoid that.

Check on your loved ones, especially those who are vulnerable or living alone.

If you have any questions regarding your health, call Info-Sante at 8-1-1 or ask a health care provider.

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