If you've been outside today, you know that it is incredibly hot. In Montreal, temperatures will oscilllate between a low of 21°C and a high of 32° C. Later this week, temperatures are expected to reach 34°C.
Environment Canada has officially issued a heat warning for Montreal and its surrounding areas. Their warning states that "heavily urbanized areas in the city of Montreal and its immediate vicinity will reach warning criteria humidex values of 40 during this period."
Extreme heat can have negative effects on your health. Heat warnings are issued when high temperatures or humidity are expected to lead to an elevated risk of heat illnesses. These illnesses include heat stroke or heat exhaustion.
According to Environment Canada, the following cities are affected by the heat warning:
Châteauguay – La Prairie area
Longueuil – Varennes area
Montréal Island area
These cities will experience humidex values ranging from 35 to 40 degrees. The city of Montreal is putting in place preventative measures to fight the heatwave, according to La Presse.
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The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, has issued recommendations that people should follow to protect themselves from the effects of extreme heat.
Amongst other things, everyone should be drinking 6-8 glasses of water a day, and not wait until they are thirsty to drink water.
Furthermore, residents of areas affected by the heat wave should spend at least two hours a day in an air conditionned location. Time to head to your local library or café.
People should also avoid alcoholic beverages, limit their exercise and wear light clothing to deal with the heat.
You should also take at least one cold shower or bath every day.
Read the Environment Canada warning here.
Read the La Presse article here.