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Heat wave in Montréal: A reminder about preventive measures

Québec will experience its first heat wave very early this year.

How to stay cool in a heat wave?

    • Identify someone to call in case there is a problem;
    • Keep an eye on the weather and use a thermometer to check the temperature inside your home, especially when the temperature reaches 30 degrees C or 86 degrees F or higher and does not cool off at night.

    When it’s very hot:

    • Spend some time in a cool place (use an air conditioner to cool your home or spend a few hours in an air-conditioned place such as a shopping centre or movie theatre);
    • Drink a lot of water ­– don’t wait until you’re thirsty;
    • Avoid beverages that cause dehydratation: drinks that contain alcohol, caffeine (coffee, the, colas) or a lot of sugar;
    • Reduce physical effort;
    • Take cool showers or baths as often as needed or cool off using a damp facecloth;
    • Protect yourself against the sun: wear lightweight, light-coloured clothing and a hat;
    • For the seniors: let someone know how you are on a regular basis;.

    To find out more, see the information sheet It’s really hot! (PDF).

    This document is available in  arabe, chinois simplifié, chinois traditionnel, créole, espagnol, frenchitalien et portugais (PDF).

    Who is at risk?

    When it's very hot, anyone can suffer from health problems such as dehydration, fatigue, dizziness, discomfort and heatstroke. 
    Some people are more vulnerable and can see their health deteriorate quickly:

    • People aged 65 or over
    • People with diabetes or chronic heart, lung or kidney diseases
    • People with mental health problems (especially schizophrenia and alcohol or drug addiction)
    • Children aged 0 to 4 years

    People who live in heat islands are also a greater risk. 

    In case of general discomfort, dizziness, fatigue, headaches, difficulty breathing, chest pain or swelling in the legs, contact a doctor or call Info-Santé at 811 for health advice.

    In case of emergency, call 911.

    Children 0 to 4 years old

    To find out about precautions to take for children (PDF).

    This document for parents and other caregivers of children 0 to 4 years old is available in other languages: arabe, bengali, chinois, espagnol, frenchpanjabi, tamoul, vietnamien (PDF).

    List of air-conditioned places, swimming pools and paddling pools in case of extreme or extreme heat

    Pointe-Saint-Charles (for people without COVID-19 symptoms - cold zone)

    Pointe-Saint-Charles Community Clinic

    • 500 avenue Ash: waiting room and basement available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 1955 rue du Center: waiting room and basement available from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    Pavillon des aînés:

    • 2401 Mullins: open to all le Thursday from 1 to 7pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm

    Water sports

    • Leber Park - available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
    • Joe Beef Park - available from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

    South-West

    • Bibliothèque Georges-Vanier, 2450, Workman street - Thurday from 1 to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm in the exposition hall
    • Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, 6052, Monk boul, Thurday from 1 to 6pm, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm

    Map of the City of Montreal showing the hours of operation of air-conditioned public places and aquatic facilities in the Agglomeration of Montreal that serve as cooling points during extreme heat.

    List of air-conditioned places if you have symptoms of COVID-19, but not yet diagnosed (warm zone)

    • Notre-Dame Hospital, emergency waiting room: 1560 rue Sherbrooke Est
    • CLSC Visitation: 1705 de la Visitation from 8am to 4pm

    Air-conditioned place if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (confirmed case - hot zone)

    • Notre-Dame Hospital, former pediatric ward, 1560 Sherbrooke Street East
    • CLSC Visitation: 1705 de la Visitation from 8am to 4pm

    Help

    For more information, see santemontreal.qc.ca/Heat!