Montreal copes with sizzling heat and humidity
Published Saturday, August 4, 2012 12:07PM EDT
Last Updated Saturday, August 4, 2012 6:46PM EDT
MONTREAL - Monteralers coped with some oppressive heat Saturday as they endured sizzling climes of 33 degrees, which led to a heat and humidity warning to be issued throughout the day by Environment Canada.
The weather felt like a hellish 40 degrees with the humidity factored in.
Those outdoors were seen seeking shade or finding a place by a pool.
There was no huge rash in medical emergencies caused by the heat, however.
"Well, we've seen a little bit of an increase of people that are a little bit dehydrated, but not that much,” said Dr. Vincent Poirier of the Emergency Medicine Department at the MUHC.
“I think that people are well aware that they have to drink, they have to stay home in cool places,” he added but special attention should also be given to the small folks. "Children don't think about drinking on their own so you have to feed them some water, or give them Popsicles.”
Typically, the elderly are more vulnerable to heat and people are advised to drink plenty of cool, non-alcoholic beverages and try to stay in air conditioned places if possible.
The warning applied to all of southwestern Quebec, including Gatineau, the Laurentians, Lanaudiere, and Monteregie.