Monday, 14 September 2015

Warm weather returns to Quebec this week

It was a wet and at times stormy weekend in Montreal as a rather strong early fall storm system swept across the Great Lakes. It remains over northern New England this morning, slowly moving northeast away from the region. The system brought as much as 50mm of rain to parts of Quebec including 34.2mm here on L'Ile Perrot, 44mm to Trudeau Airport and 48mm at St Jovite. The rain was accompanied by cooler temperatures. A few breaks in the cloud cover Sunday afternoon in Montreal set up some isolated thunderstorms. A few were strong with heavy rain and plenty of lightning.

The system in question will slowly move away from Quebec today with showers expected this morning, slowly tapering off this afternoon. It will be another cool day with breezy conditions and high near 20C (68F). The good news for those who are not ready to say goodbye to summer, is we are in for a great stretch of weather. The last official week of summer 2015 will feature wall to wall sunshine with temperatures well above normal. Starting Tuesday highs will be in the middle 20's (77-80F) approcing 30C (86F) by Friday. Lows will be around 14C (57F). Scattered fog is possible in the pre-dawn hours each night.

Fire to flood: Wildfires are raging across portions of western North America and particularly in California. The fires have destroyed thousands of acres of land and hundreds of homes. California has been hot and bone dry for months. It is expected that the strengthening El Nino will bring widespread winter storms and heavy rain to the same region by the start of 2016. (AP Photo)

While the weather was wet in the east this weekend, it remains bone dry across portions of California and the west. Wildfires have spread across five states including hard hit California. Numerous homes were destroyed as thousands of firefighters battle the blazes.

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