With all the weird weather we've had to far this year, one begins to wonder whether we'll be getting a decent summer or a cold grey rainy mess.
After checking the forecast this morning, I was not reassured.
Not only are we supposed to get some thunderstorms today, but there is also a severe smog warning in effect.
The Weather Network issued a warning today that the air quality is so poor that people with asthma, respiratory problems or heart diseases should avoid doing physical activity outdoors until the warning has been lifted.
But what about the rest of the summer? You know you've been hearing about all that El Niño/La Niña crap, but what does it all mean for us?
Well that depends on how much you like the heat.
As you can see from this map, we're at the perfect spot. We're right between "near normal" and "above normal". Which means it will be hot, but it won't unbearably excruciatingly hot, which makes me very happy.
The two major power outages began at 11:33 a.m. and 11:51 a.m.
In both cases, Hydro-Québec said crews were working on the issue and service would be restored at around 2:30 p.m or 2:45 p.m., depending on the area.
While the cause of the outages is not known, it should be noted that 20 Quebec sectors are currently under Environment Canada weather alerts due to rainfall, with some regions expecting 50 to 70 millimetres of rain and gusts of wind up to 80 km/h this weekend.
The areas affected by the power outages are not among them. However, Environment Canada has called for rainy weather with a risk of thunderstorms in these regions.
A video, sent in by one of our readers, shows the black cloud eerily stationed above the city, looking very ominous.
The Journal de Montréal interviewed a meteorologist who told them he hadn't seen anything like it before. He's quoted as saying the black cloud could've been related to a rare weather phenomenon caused by dust or pollution from the ground.
It also could've been connected to a movie shoot happening at the nearby MELS Studios.
Whatever caused the black cloud, it was certainly weird. We're just glad it was seemingly harmless and not a portal to another dimension!