Montrealers will have to put a cross on a rare oasis of coolness on Wednesday during a heat wave. Access to Parc Jean-Drapeau beach is prohibited until further notice due to a “high bacteriological contamination,” said Tuesday the Ministry of the Environment.
Water samples from the beach Jean Doré made Monday were found not comply with bacteriological quality standards of the Department. “Therefore, people must refrain from attending the beach in bathing purposes as one otherwise has not been issued by the Ministry,” it said in the statement.
While mercury is expected to reach 31 degrees Celsius Wednesday by Environment Canada, Montrealers will have to find other ways to escape the oppressive heat. The opening hours of Montreal’s many public pools have been lengthened this week to accommodate the population in search of fresh water. The Ministry of Environment also invites swimmers to go to the beach at Parc-Nature du Cap-Saint-Jacques, in the west of the island, until the reopening of the Golden beach.
The heat wave numb Quebec until Thursday, warns Environment Canada, which issued a heat warning Tuesday for the entire greater Montreal region. The humidex, including ambient temperature and humidity even be close to 40 degrees Celsius expected return to normal Friday.