Environment Canada has issued a Heat Warning for the Metro Montréal and Laval area as temperatures are expected to reach the 40°C mark through tomorrow.

Remember when The Weather Network said this summer was going to be cold? Well, clearly meteorology is a finicky science because... here we are.

To be fair, the summer forecast predicted that we were going to be sandwiched by below average temperatures to the north and above average temperatures to the south, leading to a "changeable" summer that could very well turn to either extreme.

I guess Mother Nature chose her extreme... and it's clearly heat.

Below is the weather forecast for the week, courtesy of The Weather Network. As you can see, the forecast for Friday is 31°C, but with the humidex, they are anticipating that it's going to feel more like 41°C.

They're now also calling for thunderstorms, which could mean a break in the intense temperature, but we won't know until it comes. The Probability of Precipitation (POP) for Friday is only 40%, so there's no certainty that rain will fall.

Environment Canada's Heat Warning indicates that the following areas are going to be affected by "maximum temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius are expected with humidex values between 35 and 40 through Friday."

  • Châteauguay
  • La Prairie
  • Laval
  • Longueuil
  • Varennes
  • Montreal Island

In the warning, they also say, "conditions will feel particularly uncomfortable in these areas." To which I say, NO KIDDING ENVIRONMENT CANADA! 

"Uncomfortable." That's the understatement of the year if you ask me.

Here's their advice for dealing with this extreme heat:

  • Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day
  • Avoid drinking alcoholic beverages as you will further dehydrate yourself
  • Spend at least 2hrs per day somewhere cool or air-conditioned
  • Take at least one cold shower or bath per day, and cool yourself throughout the day with cold wet towels
  • Limit physical activities 
  • Wear light clothes

They also remind people to not leave loved ones alone in closed cars or rooms, whether your loved ones are puppies or babies.

They also suggest checking on loved ones or other people you know that are living alone. We all remember how many people died last year as a result of the extreme heat... so if you know your elderly neighbour lives alone... go by with a water bottle and let them know you're around if they need anything.

Stay safe out there, Montreal! Heat stroke is a thing and it is not fun... so embrace my 3 S's...

Sunscreen
Shade
Sustenance (this was just the only way I could think of saying "water" with an S-word. Got a better one? Tweet me @lvbs.)


To read the Environment Canada heat warning, head to their page here. To see the ridiculous forecast for yourself, head to The Weather Network here.

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