Heat warning in effect in southern Quebec

Anthony Abbondanza
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The heat and humidity prompted Environment Canada this morning to issue a heat warning for southern Quebec.

One of the better ways to stay cool in today's blistering heat is visiting one of the West Island's pools.

The temperature, including the humidex, is expected to rise to 40C in certain areas affected by the heat warning. The warning is in effect until this evening.

"A high pressure system over the Eastern Seaboard is bringing warm and humid air over Southwestern Quebec," said Environment Canada in the warning.

The West Island can expect a high of 29C this afternoon, but it will feel more like 36C with the humidity.

By coincidence, the West Island Health and Social Services Centre (HSSC) released what it called preventive measures in the event of a heat wave, or simply, extreme heat this morning.

According to the health agency, people should seek refuge in an air-conditioned home. Other well-refrigerated spots include malls and movie theatres.

It’s also important to drink lots of water, said the West Island HSSC, as heat exhaustion is caused by dehydration.

Those most at risk of conditions of heat stroke and exhaustion, dizziness, and fatigue are the elderly and children. As such, “keep in touch with loved ones” the health agency warned.

A welcomed thundershower is expected for the Montreal region tomorrow morning and afternoon. 


Organizations: Environment Canada, West Island Health and Social Services Centre

Geographic location: Southern Quebec, Southwestern Quebec, West Island Montreal

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