While Montrealers are used to the cold by now (or not), don't be fooled by the sunny day. The mercury may be showing temperatures above the -20 mark, which is kinda warm by our standards, but there is deadly ninja windchill that will literally freeze your exposed skin in under 30 mins if you're not careful.
According to the Environment Canada website, anything under -10 can lead to a risk of hypothermia and/or frostbite, and once the windchill index kicks in and drops temperatures down even further to the -28 range, which Montreal will hover around this morning and going into this evening, any naked skin can and will freeze.
Tips to avoid skin freeze:
Layer up, preferably with a wind-resistant outer layer
Cover up any exposed skin
Wear hats, gloves, scarfs, waterproof footwear (
Resist the temptation to chill outside (pun!), though really not sure why you would want to be outside if you don't absolutely have to
A preliminary weather summary states that, with a peak of 32.4 C, the Montreal airport marked the highest recorded temperature for August 22 since records began in 1942, surpassing the previous daily high of 30.6 C recorded in 1955.
The hot and humid air mass currently over Quebec brings new temperature records for the southern and western parts… https://t.co/ogOE4dozZw
Make sure to bring a water bottle with you this weekend because Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Montreal for Thursday, expected to last until Monday. Montrealers can expect a "warm and humid air mass" for the next few days.
"It will be particularly hot on Friday and Saturday with daytime highs exceeding 30 degrees Celsius and humidex values reaching 40," Environment Canada warned.
If you feel like we've barely had a summer this year, you're not alone — to the point where one Reddit user, Eddy Habib, noticed that it looks like some trees in Montreal have leaves turning yellow quite a bit earlier than usual.
Habib posted a photo on the "ASKMTL" thread, along with the question: "Is it normal for leaves to start turning yellow in august?"
This picture was taken around 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 14 and Habib said they were rather shocked by what they saw. "I recently moved to Montreal and always hear about how beautiful Fall is around here. I just didn't know I'd get an early sneak peek in the hottest month of the year," they told MTL Blog.
MTL Blog reached out to Environment Canada to see what's up with the yellow leaves in August and meteorologist Simon Legault had a few hypotheses.
The health of the trees one sees in the photo could also be at play. When trees are "close to dying," their leaves may begin to change colours, according to Legault.
Legault claimed another possibility is that the "drafts" Montreal experienced this spring, during trees' growing season, made the climate very dry and could be causing leaves to change colours faster than in years past.
But, the meteorologist pointed out that all tree species are different and all may react differently to experiencing a dry growing season.
Legault left our conversation on a high note, saying we shouldn't worry because "this doesn't mean that fall is already here and everything will change colour in the next week."
Environment Canada anticipates "the air quality will improve gradually today."
The forecast from FireSmoke Canada, a resource supported by provincial and the federal governments that provides "information and resources about smoke from wildland fires," shows particulates from the current Ontario, British Columbia and northwestern U.S. fires spreading across the continent.
Its online map shows smoke clearing from Montreal skies by Wednesday evening.
The Tuesday forecast from Environment Canada also shows a chance of rain and thunderstorms.
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