Montreal is colder than other stereotypically frigid European cities too, including Helsinki (where it's -3 C, according to The Weather Network), Saint Petersburg (-6 C) and the northern Norway municipality of Tromsø (-13 C per The Weather Channel).
It's also seeing lower temperatures than the largest city in Siberia, Novosibirsk, where The Weather Network says it's -8 C. (The northernmost Siberian city is colder, however: -41 C).
With a temperature of -3 C, the United States' Antarctic McMurdo Base, where it's currently summer, is warmer than Montreal, too.
The city isn't done with its cold streak either.
Environment Canada shows temperatures dipping to -17 C Monday night. The rest of the week will be more reasonable, with daytime temperatures ranging from -1 C to -6 C, according to the same forecast.
By Saturday, however, Montrealers could be back to daytime temperatures in the negative double digits.
The Weather Network predicts things will get even grimmer the following week. The site's 14-day forecast shows a nighttime temp of -27 C on Monday, January 10 and daytime temps ranging from -8 C to -17 C all next week.
We could be in for even more precipitation, too. Environment Canada's forecast shows a chance of snow every day from Tuesday, January 4 to Sunday, January 9.
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.
The federal government department warned that "the snow combined with strong northeasterly winds will give near zero visibilities in blowing snow over these regions," so driving could be difficult to navigate today because of the copious amounts of snow on surfaces and the difficulty in vision by it blowing all around.
In a press release on Sunday, Quebec's Ministry of Transportation also warned locals about the "strong winds and cold temperatures" making their way to different regions in the province.
Being extra cautious on the roads is heavily advised. "Drivers will need to exercise caution and adjust their driving to the sometimes changing road conditions on any given stretch of road. Drivers are also encouraged to postpone non-essential travel."
But, rest assured that Ministry of Transportation crews will be working in full force today to do their best to reduce the impact of the winter storm.
The poor weather conditions are expected to continue into the evening. So if you don't have to leave the house today, it may be best not to.
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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.
Environment Canada says a low-pressure system is set to gain strength as it moves up the U.S. East Coast on Sunday and Monday and could become a "significant" weather event by the time it crosses the border.
The band between Gatineau and the Charlevoix region could get the most snow, while areas south of the Saint Lawrence River could see a mix of snow, rain and freezing rain, according to the forecast.
Strong winds could further reduce visibility. The Weather Network expects "hefty impacts to travel."
Low temperatures on Saturday have also prompted Environment Canada to issue a series of extreme cold warnings for regions north of the Saint Lawrence River.
In the Parent and Gouin Reservoir areas of northern Mauricie, for example, Environment Canada says windchill values will be between -38 and -43 Saturday night into Sunday morning.
In Montreal, the Saturday afternoon windchill value is -31 with a daily high of -18 and a low of -22. Sunday isn't much better, according to the forecast, with a high of -17, a low of -18 and a morning windchill value of -32.
Montreal, you've almost made it through another doozy of a week. But don't fret because another week means another weekend. The weekend is an opportunity to do fun things that can cheer you up and make you feel better about the world, but in order to find them, you actually need to leave your apartment.
So get your butt off the couch. Might we recommend showering? And then try one of these activities! Whatever you're up to this weekend, here's hoping it brings some light back into your life.
Take Advantage Of The Last Free Weekend To Visit The McCord
Address: McCord Museum, 690, rue Sherbrooke O., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To celebrate its 100th birthday, one of Montreal's favourite museums gifted us 100 days of free admission, which comes to an end this week. Take advantage of free art, culture and Montreal history while you still can!
Why You Need To Go: Parc Jean Drapeau offers some of the coolest winter activities, like cross-country skiing, sledding, a skating trail and more, proving to the world that no one does winter quite like Montreal!
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."