Environment Canada, Montreal urge people to take precautions as temperatures rise

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MONTREAL — Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for parts of southern Quebec as it forecasts temperatures above 30 C for three days.

The agency said that it expects humidex values to reach 40, while overnight lows are expected to be around 20 C.

The government said cooler temperatures are expected on Wednesday.

A heat warning was issued in Gatineau, Que., near Ottawa, on Sunday morning, while a special weather statement was issued for other regions in southern Quebec. On Sunday afternoon, that statement was upgraded to a warning for several regions, including the Montreal area and the Eastern Townships.

In Montreal, the city said it has activated its heat wave action plan in "alert mode."

Both the city and Environment Canada are encouraging people to drink water, take a cold shower or bath, limit physical activity and spend time in a cool or air conditioned place if possible.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 6, 2021.

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