If you looked out the window last night, you surely noticed the immense rain and lighting taking over our city. And it seems like it may not be over just yet, as the Government of Canada is warning of the possibility for serious thunderstorms in Montreal today.
With the city currently under severe thunderstorm watch, we may be in for an intensely rainy day this Monday.
The watch is specifically in effect for the Châteauguay - La Prairie area, the Laval area, the Longueuil - Varennes area, and the Montréal Island area.
On the government's official website, we're reminded that "severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Water-related activities may be unsafe due to violent and sudden gusts of wind over bodies of water. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year."
We're also told to go inside if ever we get caught in this nasty weather. "Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!"
"Above-normal water temperatures throughout the Great Lakes will likely persist through the season. This will have its biggest influence on nighttime temperatures, being milder, across the region," Brett Anderson, AccuWeather's senior meteorologist, explained.
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However, thunderstorms could persist until the end of September, according to the report.
Cold snaps could be on the horizon in some parts of the province at the end of the fall season but otherwise, the report seems to suggest Quebecers shouldn't expect one of those surprise October snow dumps.
Further west, La Niña-influenced storms are projected to create higher than average precipitation. And in more northern regions out west, an early snowfall could happen.
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.
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