July 21, 2014 8:41 pm

Heat warning in effect for Montreal

WATCH: Weather specialist Jessica Laventure has the hot weather forecast 

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.

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“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

- seniors
– 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

WATCH: JGH doctor provides tips to stay cool during heat wave

Heat illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat fainting, heat edema (swelling of hands, feet and ankles), heat rash and heat cramps (muscle cramps).

READ MORE: Safety tips during a heatwave

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.

READ MORE: Experts warn Montrealers to stay safe during heatwave

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!

Pedestrians battle 90 km/h wind gusts as the city faces freezing rain, snow, and a rollercoaster temperature swing from 5C to -13C as winter continues its assault January 6, 2014.

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Click here to find cooling centres in Montreal

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