There is currently an SOS Alert in effect for Tropical Storm Henri, which is making its way through Long Island, New York and moving northwest toward New England. And with Montreal located only 600 kilometres from the iconic American island, the effects of Henri could be felt all the way to our province.
In a newsletter issued for 23 areas of New England, Environment Canada indicates that a wave of moisture from Henri will cross the southern Maritimes early next week and "may spread northward over southern Quebec."
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Now that Labour Day's come and gone, and nights are beginning to feel cooler, many Montrealers have weather on the brain: Will we have a long summer? Will winter come early? The Weather Network aka MétéoMédia just released its three-month long-range fall forecast for Quebec and, let's just say, there's good news and bad news.
The good news is that The Weather Network predicts "extended periods of fair weather and warmer than normal temperatures" during late September and throughout October.
"This will provide excellent opportunities to get out and enjoy the fall foliage," according to meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham.
The bad news is the transition to winter is expected to happen rapidly with winter weather coming earlier than usual, compared to what we've seen over the past 20 years.
"We have become accustomed to very mild Decembers, but this year should bring more typical amounts of winter weather during the weeks leading up to and through the holidays," said Dr. Gillham.
"A pattern change during late fall is expected to bring an earlier arrival to winter weather, and more winter weather leading up to the holidays than we have often seen over the past 20 years."
If you looked out the window last night, you surely noticed the immense rain and lighting taking over our city. And it seems like it may not be over just yet, as the Government of Canada is warning of the possibility for serious thunderstorms in Montreal today.
With the city currently under severe thunderstorm watch, we may be in for an intensely rainy day this Monday.
The watch is specifically in effect for the Châteauguay - La Prairie area, the Laval area, the Longueuil - Varennes area, and the Montréal Island area.
On the government's official website, we're reminded that "severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Water-related activities may be unsafe due to violent and sudden gusts of wind over bodies of water. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year."
We're also told to go inside if ever we get caught in this nasty weather. "Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!"
"Above-normal water temperatures throughout the Great Lakes will likely persist through the season. This will have its biggest influence on nighttime temperatures, being milder, across the region," Brett Anderson, AccuWeather's senior meteorologist, explained.
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However, thunderstorms could persist until the end of September, according to the report.
Cold snaps could be on the horizon in some parts of the province at the end of the fall season but otherwise, the report seems to suggest Quebecers shouldn't expect one of those surprise October snow dumps.
Further west, La Niña-influenced storms are projected to create higher than average precipitation. And in more northern regions out west, an early snowfall could happen.