Heat warning in effect for Montreal
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MONTREAL – Are you ready for some more scorching heat?
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal, Laval, Châteauguay-La Prairie and Longueuil-Varennes.
“A high pressure system over the American east coast is pumping warm humid air over southwestern Québec,” Environment Canada said in a statement.
“On Tuesday, a combination of high heat and humidity will give humidex values close to 40 in Montréal and parts of the Montérégie.”
While extreme heat can put everyone at risk, health issues are greatest for
– infants and young children
– people with chronic illnesses such as breathing difficulties, heart conditions or psychiatric illnesses
– people who work in the heat
– people who exercise in the heat
– people without access to air conditioning
– homeless people
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Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps).
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The Director of Public Health (DSP) suggests these three important preventive measures to adopt during the heat:
1. Spend a few hours a day in a cool, ideally air-conditioned place
2. Drink a lot of water, even before you feel thirsty
3. Cut back on activities that require effort
People are reminded NOT leave children or pets unattended in cars.
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Anyone experiencing dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, weakness and heat stroke should immediately move to a cooler location, preferably inside.
Above all, when you get the urge to complain about the heat this summer, just conjure this image of our deep freezing temperatures during the winter months!