07/14/2013 14:17 EDT | Updated 09/13/2013 05:12 EDT

High heat and humidity warnings for southern Quebec

It seems that summer has finally decided to join us in what's shaping up to be the season's first heat wave.

Environment Canada has issued a high heat and humidity warning for Montreal and surrounding areas in southern Quebec.

The Montreal public health agency is advising people to spend at least a few hours a day in a cool, ideally air conditioned location like a movie theatre or a shopping mall.

The agency also recommends that people drink plenty of water throughout the day and reduce their level of physical activity.

Checking on older people and children, particularly those who suffer from health problems, is also a good idea, the agency says.

In Montreal, temperatures are expected to stay above 30 Celsius for at least the next four days.