Get out your fans because the first Montreal heatwave of the year is on its way. The forecast from The Weather Network shows temperatures above 30 C starting Tuesday with the humidex hitting a sweltering 39 on Wednesday. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement to alert residents of the Châteauguay–La Prairie area, Laval, the Longueuil–Varennes area, and Montreal Island.
"A much warmer airmass is forecast to move into the area Tuesday with high temperatures expected to reach between 30 and 33 Celsius Tuesday, Wednesday and possibly Thursday," the federal agency writes.
"Corresponding humidex values will range from 35 to 38. Overnight lows are forecast to be between 18 and 22 Celsius."
Temperatures are thankfully projected to drop to a more tolerable 20 C by the end of the week, but Montrealers will have to power through a few days of heavy, humid heat.
The heatwave will arrive just as activity picks back up in the city.
On Monday, retail stores with their own entrances from the outside reopened in the Montreal metropolitan area, including the city and surrounding suburbs like Laval and Longueuil.
Over the weekend of May 22, some parks and outdoor sports facilities also reopened, including dog parks, Île Notre-Dame in Parc Jean-Drapeau, pétanque courts, and golf courses.
The government appears to be acting quickly to allow some summertime staples before the heat sets in for good.
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Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).
In what can only be described as WTF, a video posted to Café Myriade's Instagram page shows an unknown individual approach a row of flowers planted in front of the cafe's avenue du Mont-Royal location and pull out a whole bunch of them while another individual looks on.
But the real question is: why?
For its part, the café did have a good sense of humour about this.
Café Myriade told MTL Blog that this happened at 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. They didn't file a police report.
"We did replant what we could," they said.
"If it needs some filler we will gladly do some gardening."