Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Sunshine & warmer weather for Grand Prix weekend

June has had a dismal start in Montreal with yesterday being downright miserable. We managed to squeeze out a 14C (57F) high very late in the afternoon as some breaks of sun appeared. Most of the day had a heavy grey overcast with drizzle and a gusty northeast wind making it feel like October. It was cold overnight with scattered frost north of Montreal and a low of 4C (39F) in the city. High pressure will begin to make it feel a little more June like today as sunshine prevails and temperatures respond, warming into the low 20's. The sun will be with us through early Friday before a cold front arrives with showers and scattered thunderstorms.

An early look into the upcoming Canadian Grand Prix weekend in Montreal shows nearly perfect weather for Formula One fans. The weather looks dry with seasonable temperatures both days with highs between 20 and 24C (68 to 75F) and overnight lows a little chilly around 9C (48F). The cooler weather should make for some great racing this weekend.

Hurricane Season
June 1st was the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters are expecting a below average year as the effects of a strong Pacific El Nino begin to impact North American weather. The National Hurricane Center predicts 6 to 11 named storms, of which 3-6 will become hurricanes and perhaps 1 or 2 of those major storms. Weakening storms can often affect portions of Atlantic Canada, Quebec and even Ontario.

The forecast path of Hurricane Blanco in the Pacific off Mexico. (NHC)
The hurricane season starts two weeks earlier in the north Pacific Ocean and we have a strengthening named storm this morning. Hurricane Blanco is nearly stationary 445 miles south of Manzanillo, Mexico with winds of 110mph early this morning. The storm is expected to intensify rapidly today and become a major hurricane. Forecast movement is towards the northwest and Blanco could affect the coast of  Baja California by the weekend, but as a weakening storm. Heavy surf will impact the west coast of Mexico all week.

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