Well, we couldn't avoid it forever. The worst of Montreal winter temperatures will start to creep in next week following a relatively mild start to the season, according to a Weather Network forecast published January 5. It says the city could see its coldest weather in four years as Arctic air moves east after pummelling Western Canada.
That cold air pocket will glide across Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, The Weather Network says.
Its two-week forecast shows daytime temperatures Monday reaching -12 C before diving even further down the thermometer, to -25 C, at night. Then on Tuesday, the network forecasts a daytime high of -21 C and a horrifying nighttime low of -27 C.
The forecast says the extreme cold will be short-lived, but the two-week outlook still shows most days reaching the negative double digits, with -18 C evenings on Friday, January 14, and Saturday, January 15.
Environment Canada, for its part, shows a nighttime low of -23 C on Monday and a daytime high of -18 C on Tuesday followed by temperatures reaching -24 C after the sun goes down.
For a preview of what's to come, take a look at the Environment Canada extreme cold warnings blanketing the Prairies on the morning of January 7.
Comedian Mike Ward tweeted out quite the offer to Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante on Saturday. Ward proposed a donation of individual shelters to protect unhoused residents.
Ward said he had originally built and offered 25 shelters to the city of Montreal last year. "A simple yes from you and no one else will freeze to death this winter, " Ward wrote to Plante on Saturday. His offer comes after the deaths of two homeless Montrealers as temperatures dipped far below zero.
J\u2019ai fait construire 25 abris (pour itin\u00e9rants) que j\u2019ai offert \u00e0 votre \u00e9quipe l\u2019ann\u00e9e pass\u00e9e. L\u2019offre tient toujours. C\u2019est des tentes en bois, isol\u00e9s, chauff\u00e9 avec la chaleur du corps humain. Con\u00e7u pour les gens les plus \u00e0 risque... (suite) https://www.facebook.com/MikeWardca/posts/471246927693511\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/Val_Plante/status/1480994825822429187\u00a0\u2026
Ward claimed his insulated wooden tents could remain comfortable in temperatures as cold as -30 C and suggested they could serve individuals who are unable to use designated shelters.
In a response to Ward posted to Facebook, Mayor Plante thanked Ward but appeared to decline the offer, saying the shelters aren't necessarily a solution.
"We don't need places adapted for all types of clientele," she wrote. Instead, she said the city is looking for people to "operate the resources intended for those in a homeless situation."
She invited Ward to sign up to help through the government's JeContribute volunteer platform.
"The City of Montreal is always present to support the health network and community organizations that support people experiencing homelessness," the mayor said. "They form a complex ecosystem, because the solutions to homelessness issues must be structured, adapted and varied."
"Rest assured that we are working with our partners on immediate and longer-term solutions to ensure that everyone has a roof over their heads and lives in dignity."
Showcase your snowboarding skills all winter long!
Joseph Roby | CNW Group/Parc Olympique
Snowboarding in the city just got a lot easier. Vans and the Dillon Ojo Foundation, which was founded in 2018 in honour of Montreal pro snowboarder and artist Dillon Ojo, have combined forces to create a state-of-the-art snowpark at the Parc Olympique. Montrealers can now live out their snowboard dreams right in the heart of the city, and the best part, it's free!
Located near the Viau metro station, the Dillon Ojo Snowpark offers a total of eight obstacles, including a medium-sized jump and an array of sliding rails ranging in difficulty level for snowboarders of all ages to enjoy. The park will be open every day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the end of March or as long as the weather permits.
Joseph Roby | CNW Group/Parc Olympique
The snowpark, which faces the famous Olympic Tower, took over two weeks to build and required over 5,000 cubic metres of snow.
The idea came about through the Dillon Ojo Foundation, which was created by Elaine Charles, the mother of the late Dillon Ojo. The 22-year-old died in an accident in 2018. Charles created the foundation in his memory, with a mission to "increase accessibility to sports."
Considering Ojo's two favourite activities were snowboarding and skateboarding, the partnership with Vans to create the spectacular snowpark was an easy choice to make.
"We want everyone to be able to discover and take part in this fine sport which our son loved so much. We know he would have wanted to pass on his passion to the greatest possible number of people, so we took on this mission in his honour," said Charles.
Batten down the hatches, everybody, tonight's going to be another very, very frigid one. An extreme cold warning has been issued for the Montreal area Friday night into Saturday morning. Environment Canada anticipates that Montreal can expect wind chills of minus 38 C to minus 40.
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Though extreme cold warnings aren't uncommon during Montreal (and Quebec) winters, they still pose a real risk of frostbite, hypothermia, and even death, in cases of prolonged exposure.
On Friday Montreal police confirmed there was a death in the city overnight, with reports indicating it was the second death of a homeless person from exposure in Montreal this month. A man living in an encampment in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce died in the extreme cold on January 10.
If you simply must go out, Environment Canada advises bundling up. "Frostbite can develop within minutes on exposed skin, especially with wind chill," their warning page notes.
Temperatures will remain low well into Saturday morning. "Montreal could flirt with its coldest temperature since 2004 by Saturday morning," The Weather Network said on their site. "The cold will stick around well into next week, though thankfully without any significant snow threats in the immediate future."
Hydro-Québec also chimed in about the oncoming weather, warning that Friday night in to Saturday morning could see record-breaking energy consumption in the province.
"Hydro-Québec is asking the population to voluntarily use less electricity on Friday, January 21, throughout the day, and during the morning of Saturday, January 22, 2022," Hydro-Québec posted on its website, recommending that Quebecers turn down their thermostats by one or two degrees and avoid using major appliances like the dishwasher and dryer.
Why You Need To Go: This installation in Quartier des Spectacles is a great way to lift your winter spirits and is certainly a great way to bring back some much-needed colour and light to the seasonal winter darkness.
Why You Need To Go: We all get a little lazier on these colder days and are looking for some serious comfort food, so supporting local restaurants and ordering takeout is the clear solution. Bon appétit!
Address: Bois de l'Équerre, 49, rang de l'Équerre, Laval, Quebec
Why You Need To Go: This park in Laval actually feels like you've walked into a fairytale. With 13-kilometre trails, snowshoe rentals, and free parking, there are so many reasons to enjoy this stunning spot.
Why You Need To Go: Adding a little pizzazz to the weekend, Illumi is the perfect place to escape the city and the everydayness of the winter. Whether you're going solo, with the family, or taking that special someone, this will definitely add some spark to your life.