Heat wave warnings for Montreal

Montreal, June 29th, 2018

The government of Canada today issue the following statement regarding an incoming heatwave that is set to hit the city of Montreal and surrounding area, during its Canada Day long weekend:

A warm and humid air mass will settle over Southern Quebec this weekend then over the Quebec City area on Monday. Sunday and Monday will be especially humid, with highs in the low to mid thirties and humidex values exceeding 40. During this event, overnight lows will remain near 20 degrees Celsius and will give only little or no relief from the heat. This heat wave will persist through next week.

Heat warnings may be issued.

Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day.

During times of high heat, your health or your families and neighbours’ health can deteriorate rapidly.

The Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec, in cooperation with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recommends that you protect yourself from the effects of the heat by taking the following actions:

Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water per day. Follow your physician’s instructions regarding the amount of fluid to drink;
Avoid alcoholic beverages;
Spend at least 2 hours a day in an air conditioned or cool place;
Take at least one shower or cool bath per day, or cool your skin several times per day with wet towels;
Limit physical activities;
Wear light clothes.

Be sure to:
Never leave a child or a baby alone in a vehicle or a poorly aerated room, even for a few minutes;
Check on your loved ones, especially those vulnerable or living alone.

If you have questions regarding your health condition, call lnfoSanté at 8-1-1 or ask a health care provider. In case of emergency, call 9-1-1.

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