Monday, 29 June 2015

The slow start to summer continues for Montreal

That was one miserable Sunday in southern Quebec and across most of our neighboring regions. I measured around 16mm of rain on Sunday bringing the monthly total up to a soggy 135mm, well above normal. Most of the region has had a very wet June with some localities in Vermont and New York reporting the wettest June on record. Burlington, Vermont is now listed at the 4th wettest on record with 8.62" (218mm) of rainfall. Sunday was also a cold day in the St. Lawrence Valley with gusty east winds and temperatures around 15C (60F) all day. The official high was 19C (66F) but that was shortly after midnight. Temperatures fell for the rest of the day.

The storm responsible for the nasty weather is lifting northeast across southern Quebec this morning with plenty of clouds and drizzle around. Some partial clearing will occur today but it will remain chilly with highs of only 19C. On Tuesday warmer air will move into Quebec but with an increase in clouds with showers and thunderstorms developing. The high will be 25C (77F). At this time Canada Day is expected to be cloudy with showers and thunderstorms but mild at 24C (76F).
A downed tree lies on a van in Lawrence, Massachusetts. (NWS Taunton)
Other parts of New England and eastern Canada had heavy rain and strong winds from the weekend storm. Numerous trees and power lines came down, some on cars. Thousands were left without power across New England and New York. High surf pounded beaches from Maine to New Jersey.

On the other side of the country searing heat and dry weather helped numerous forest fires spread across B.C and Alberta as well as northern Saskatchewan. Temperatures pushed over 40C (104F) in interior southern B.C. as well as southwest Alberta with middle the 30's into other portions of both provinces and southwest Saskatchewan.

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