A third day of oppressive heat

A third day oppressive heat

A sunny day in Montreal

Montreal is suffocating and all means are good to cool off. The mercury is forecast to reach 30 degrees Celsius this afternoon, for a third straight day of extreme heat.

Earlier this week, Jean-Philippe Bégin, meteorologist at Environment Canada, explained that it is not uncommon for the thermometer to reach this temperature in May.

“We have a blockage in the upper atmosphere which favors good weather in southern Quebec,” he said. From Sunday, temperatures should be cooler with a risk of thunderstorms.

According to Environment Canada, a heat wave is a period of three consecutive days with a maximum of 30°C Celsius and more. The Humidex Factor – which combines temperature and humidity into a single datum – is not taken into account.

To cope with this extreme heat, most Montreal boroughs have moved up the opening of certain water play modules. To find out the opening hours and the different places to cool off, just consult the Ville de Montréal website.

Do you suffer from mild dizziness? The Urgences-santé service asks the population, via its Twitter account, to dial 8-1-1 if it is not an emergency.

In addition, the Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks has banned open fires this week in forest or nearby in several regions of the province, in collaboration with the Société de protection des forêts contre le feu (SOPFEU). In Quebec, 10 fires are still active, according to the organization, which recorded 217 fires this year.

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