If the weather forecast is confirmed, a heat wave will be expected in the coming days. The temperature could exceed 30 degrees Celsius during the day and 20 degrees at night. The Montérégie public health department therefore invites you to take the necessary precautions to avoid possible heat-related illnesses.
The first hot days of summer are often more demanding because our body is less used to them. Seniors, people with chronic illnesses or mental health problems, and toddlers are more susceptible to the effects of heat.
“As is the case with all these heat episodes, we invite you to check in with your loved ones who are living alone to make sure they are doing well. Currently, it is possible to cool off in air-conditioned public places in accordance with the instructions in force, which is another way to protect yourself, ”recalls Dr. Julie Loslier, director of public health for Montérégie.
Recommendations to avoid discomfort
- Stay hydrated by drinking a lot (6 to 8 glasses of water per day) without waiting to be thirsty and limit the consumption of alcoholic drinks which increase dehydration;
- Cool off by taking a cool shower, bath or using a wet washcloth;
- Limit physical exertion or take more frequent breaks (especially for people who work outdoors).
Headaches, muscle cramps, exhaustion, dehydration, and high body temperature are several symptoms associated with heat. More information is available on the websites of the Government of Quebec and the Ministry of Health and Social Services.