2021 Was Montreal's Hottest Year On Record

Here's what's in store for the first few months of 2022.

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2021 Was Montreal's Hottest Year On Record

It's official — 2021 was the hottest year on record for Montreal, according to Environment Canada. It beat out the previous hottest years, 1998 and 2012, by a mean few hundredths of a degree.

This rise in temperature in Montreal is attributed to new weather patterns, causing scorching temperatures in June, August, September and October. "August and October were record-breaking months," said Environment Canada spokesperson Simon Legault.

"We were lucky that July was below normal because if it hadn't happened that way, [...] we would have shattered the record instead of just breaking it," he added.

A few hundredths of a degree may not sound like such a big problem, but temperatures in Montreal (and around the world) have been steadily rising.

The average annual temperature in Montreal from 1951 to 1980 was 6.5ºC, according to ClimateData.ca. Last year's mean temperature came in at a whopping 8.6ºC. This drastic increase in fortyish years has already begun to show its effects — not just on our electrical bills in the summer, but also the health of the population, the Climate Action Network says.

Whether or not 2022 will be even hotter remains anyone's guess. Projections for an area as small as Southern Quebec can only be made a few weeks in advance.

What we do know is that February and March should be significantly warmer than January.

"A few short intense waves of cold are coming in," Legault said of January, adding that February and March are expected to be "close to or above normal temperatures."

Environment Canada Issued A Winter Storm Warning For Montreal And Laval

Quebec's Ministry of Transportation advised against non-essential driving.

Mother Nature is starting the week off with a bang for Montrealers, with 15 to 25 centimetres of snow expected on Monday.

This heavy load of snow coming our way led Environment Canada to issue a winter storm warning for various parts of the province, including Châteauguay - La Prairie area, Laval area, Longueuil - Varennes area, and Montréal Island area.

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As if we weren't suffering enough from the bitter cold and semi-lockdown, Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement as a winter storm approaches Quebec.

The system could dump as much as 25 cm of snow on parts of the province through Monday, according to the federal weather agency. The Weather Network, meanwhile, predicts totals could reach 30 cm.

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A Montreal Homeless Man Died In The Extreme Cold

He had been living in the same spot for years, police say.

A man was found dead inside an encampment in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce as Montreal temperatures dipped well into the negative double digits.

SPVM spokesperson Véronique Comtois said police received a call at around 6:00 p.m. Monday evening to check on the health of an unhoused individual near rue Saint-Jacques and highway 20 in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood.

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Montreal Weather Is Headed For Extreme Cold Tuesday — Good Thing We're In A Lockdown

It's cold AF already, but it will get colder. And Environment Canada's warning covers most of southern Quebec.

You may have noticed that it's cold AF in Montreal — and literally all over Quebec — right now. And it will get colder: with temperatures including wind chill set to reach a bone-chilling minus 38 on Tuesday morning, winter is here in a big way.

But don't feel like you need to go out, seriously. We're in a lockdown for a reason, right?

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