Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Unsettled weather week ahead for Montreal

A Hydro Quebec crew restores power in St Georges in the Beauce region after strong thunderstorms Monday afternoon. (Twitter@hydroquebec)
As has been the rule most of this summer, the main area of thunderstorms developed north and then southeast of Montreal on Monday, missing the city. This resulted in a decent day for Montreal. The morning was cloudy and almost September-like, but the afternoon had sunshine and temperatures responded with a high near 26C (80F). Today will be very similar to Monday, with more showers and thunderstorms developing by afternoon but also a good amount of sunshine. High temperatures will range from 24 to 27C (75 to 80F) across the entire area. A stubborn upper-level low over Hudson Bay with a cool pool of air aloft continues to spin off these areas of energy across Quebec and New England. Any thunderstorm activity that does occur today has the potential for small hail and heavy rain. This weather will persist through Wednesday before skies clear out and temperatures cool down Thursday.

On Monday, strong storms developed across northern Vermont and moved into the Eastern Townships and Beauce region of Quebec. Heavy rain caused some minor flooding along with reports of hail. According to Hydro Quebec, power outages were numerous in the region, but most customers have been restored as of this morning.

EF-2 Tornado
Environment Canada has confirmed an EF-2 tornado struck Teviotdale, Ontario late Sunday. The 9pm storm was part of a large area of fierce thunderstorms that cut power to over 50,000 homes in Ontario. Major damage was reported along a 7 kilometre by 200 metre path. EF-2 tornadoes are capable of winds up to 177km/h. Elsewhere in the province wind damage was widespread, with many regions reporting gusts in excess of 100km/h with the thunderstorms.

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