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Heat warning for Montreal issued: how to stay cool

Fun ways to beat the heat in and around Montreal as temperatures start to climb into the 30s.

Written by
Laura Osborne

Forget the rain. As Montreal heads into the week, it’s all about turning up the heat.

Going from the mid 20s to the low 30s over the next few days, we will be trading in our favourite fall comfort food for poolside cocktails and sandy beaches, and water parks and ice cream.

According to Environment Canada, Montreal should expect above average temperatures and humidity through to next Thursday.

How to stay cool and have fun during a September heatwave? Here are the top 5 coolest things to do.

Take a dip in a pool

Whether it’s a swanky rooftop situation or our favourite open-air pool, get yourself poolside as soon as possible—there’s an abundance of outstanding pools of all shapes and sizes across the city.

Humaniti Montreal Hotel
Photograph: Humaniti Montreal Hotel

Escape to the beach

An urban beach that serves food and cocktails? A road trip to turquoise water that’s giving Caribbean vibes? Or a nudist beach that promises to vanquish all tan lines? There are no wrong answers here.

Plage Jean-Doré / Jean-Doré Beach
Photograph: © Société du parc Jean-Drapeau

Hydrate at Time Out Market Montréal

With 7 bars to choose from—we’re talking two wine bars, cocktails, free beer tastings, mocktails, sodas and a milk bar—there's no better spot downtown to hit (seriously air-conditioned) Time Out Market Montréal.

Time Out Market Montréal
Photograph: Time Out Market Montréal | Bar

Pack a picnic for the park

Find the perfect picnic spot in one of the city’s glorious parks, or head into the wild on one of the many trails and hikes in and around Montreal. Grab some of the city’s best hot dogs, smoked meat or cheap eats and you’re good to go.

Parc Jean-Drapeau
Photograph: André PichetteParc Jean-Drapeau

Soak up the AC indoors

From shopping at the new Nike store to Montreal’s best restaurants, with a stop at the city’s best bars in between, you don’t need to stay home to keep cool.

Photograph: Stillife / Facebook

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