Montreal under a heat warning for the entire work week by Environment Canada

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Gloria Henriquez has Montreal's weather forecast for Monday August 9, 2021

It’s going to be a balmy week in Montreal.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the city and surrounding areas in the southern half of the province starting Monday.

“A warm and humid airmass is entering the province of Quebec today and will persist through Friday,” the weather agency said Monday.

Temperatures are expected to rise above 30 C for the next two days in Montreal. The humidity will make it feel like 40.

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The days will be warm, but there will be little reprieve after sundown.

“In addition, nights will be warm and uncomfortable with lows near 20 C until Friday,” Environment Canada said.

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Those in affected areas are asked to watch for signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke in the coming days, like swelling, rashes, cramps and fever. The weather agency warns risks associated with prolonged heat are greater for young children, pregnant people, seniors, those with chronic illnesses and anyone who is working outside.

“Drink plenty of water even before you feel thirsty and stay in a cool place,” the organization said, adding that children and pets should not be left alone in a parked vehicle.

Where to cool off in Montreal

As the heat settles in, public health authorities in Montreal are urging residents to be careful and take breaks as temperatures soar.

Their recommendations include spending time in a cool, air-conditioned space for a few hours each day and to limit physical activity.

Montreal public health also advises taking at least one cool shower or bath on a daily basis during the heat wave. Cooling skin with a freshly wet washcloth is also an option.

Looking for a place to cool off? The city has a full list of available public pools, beaches and splash pads available online.

Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante told reporters Monday that hours for water installations are also extended to give people a chance to beat the heat. It is the third time this year that the schedules have been prolonged.

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“Know that every air-conditioned place like libraries and Maisons de la culture are open as well,” Plante said.

The city is keeping a close eye on the weather, she added, and more measures could be added if necessary.

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