Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Elevated humidity today for Ontario & Quebec

Showers and thunderstorms will be on the increase in southern Ontario and Quebec today. (AccuWeather)
It was a warm, muggy Monday in Montreal with the temperature creeping up to 31C (88F) here on L'Ile Perrot, 28C (83F) officially at the typically cooler Trudeau Airport. The day featured sunshine but with plenty of high haze and smoke from the western wildfires.

Moisture from the southern US along with an advancing cold front from Ontario will bring an increase in clouds today and eventually some showers and thunderstorms. While severe weather is not expected, some of the storms later this evening may briefly have some heavy rainfall. The high today will be very warm around 30C (86F) for Montreal. We are starting the morning muggy and warm already at 22C (72F). Tonight any showers and storms will end by daybreak with clearing skies and less humid Wednesday. The overnight low will be near 20C (68F) with a high Wednesday in the sunshine of 24C (76F).

The S-64 Air Crane from Montana is helping fight fires in Saskatchewan.
 (Global News)
Western Fires
Major wildfires continue to burn across northern Saskatchewan, Alberta and the Northwest Territories. Over 112 active fires are reported in hard hit Saskatchewan with at least 25 out of control. Cooler weather has helped firefighters, but it remains very dry and winds are forecast to increase today. On Monday over 1200 Canadian Armed Forces personal were added to the battle along with crews from South Dakota, Ontario and New Brunswick. Also pressed into action was the largest water helicopter in North America, the S-64 Air Crane helicopter out of Montana. According to officials the situation remains critical for many communities including La Ronge. Over 10,000 residents across the north remain away from their homes. Smoke continues to drift far to the south and east affecting air quality across the central and eastern portions of North America.

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