Get out your fans because the first Montreal heatwave of the year is on its way. The forecast from The Weather Network shows temperatures above 30 C starting Tuesday with the humidex hitting a sweltering 39 on Wednesday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement to alert residents of the Châteauguay–La Prairie area, Laval, the Longueuil–Varennes area, and Montreal Island.

"A much warmer airmass is forecast to move into the area Tuesday with high temperatures expected to reach between 30 and 33 Celsius Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday," the federal agency writes.

"Corresponding humidex values will range from 35 to 38. Overnight lows are forecast to be between 18 and 22 Celsius."

Temperatures are thankfully projected to drop to a more tolerable 20 C by the end of the week, but Montrealers will have to power through a few days of heavy, humid heat.

The heatwave will arrive just as activity picks back up in the city.

On Monday, retail stores with their own entrances from the outside reopened in the Montreal metropolitan area, including the city and surrounding suburbs like Laval and Longueuil.

Over the weekend of May 22, some parks and outdoor sports facilities also reopened, including dog parks, Île Notre-Dame in Parc Jean-Drapeau, pétanque courts, and golf courses.

The government appears to be acting quickly to allow some summertime staples before the heat sets in for good.

The City of Montreal has not made an announcement about the opening of local pools, but individual open water swimming has been allowed across the province since May 20.

Residents who do plan on taking to the water to cool down should know that the government insists that they continue to practice social distancing, even at the beach.

Though, the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) notes that "the risk of transmission through swimming water is considered low."

Chemicals in pools, meanwhile, work to "neutralize" the virus.

Stay tuned for more news.

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