If you've checked outside your window recently or went for a little stroll in the park, you're sure to have noticed that the leaves have begun changing colours in la belle province. While fall may not officially start until September 22, the cool air breezing through the streets seems to say otherwise. If you've been waiting to know what the fall weather in Quebec is going to be like this year, good news: The Weather Network released its forecast for the season on Monday, September 14.
"The cooler air will be digging in for the early part of the fall — we've already seen that for the early part of September," Meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal tells us in The Weather Network's Quebec fall predictions.
For the rest of September, however, Quebecers could see a "changeable and unsettled" weather pattern.
Such is expected to cause an extremely early ending to growing season in Northern Quebec, which is isn't the best news for farmers and their crops.
But, on a happier note, "lots of sunshine and above-average temperatures" are expected this autumn, especially during October and November.
Whittal also assured us that we won't go "freefalling into winter."
Meaning that during mid- to late-fall, we should expect a "mild pattern" in temperatures.
Most of the province is expected to experience "near normal" precipitation — except for east of Quebec City.
So to all the Montrealers out there, sounds like we could be dodging a rainy bullet this year.
But, make sure to have an umbrella ready for the season regardless.
More good news, the Weather Network's fall 2020 forecast for Quebec predicts that it shouldn't be a "repeat of last fall" and that they're "not expecting [an] extended false start to winter in November."
Sounds like this has the potential to be one of the best autumns Quebec has seen in recent years!
So put these amazing fall destinations in your back pocket. And, one fall day, you can simply get in your car and drive off on an adventure.
Distance from Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
Why You Need To Go: Just across the river from Ottawa, you'll find Gatineau. It's home to Gatineau Park which — with its beautiful trees, hiking trails and famous Pink Lake — cannot be missed, especially as the leaves change colour. If you've had enough nature, you'll find plenty of other things to do from visiting The Canadian Museum of Civilization to eating at amazing local restaurants.
Why You Need To Go: This city in the Eastern Townships is a favourite for visitors because it has a little bit of everything: Lake Memphremagog, a mountainous backdrop, and a lively downtown. Parc national du Mont-Orford is just an 11-minute drive from town and it offers stunning trails where you can appreciate the fall foliage.
Why You Need To Go: Hear Ontario, and most people think of Toronto or Ottawa. But Kingston is a quaint yet lively waterfront city that deserves your consideration. From the majestic architecture (check out City Hall) to the historic Fort Henry site and Queen's University, there's a lot to explore. Martello Alley, an art-themed alleyway representing numerous local artists, should also be on your to-do list.
Why You Need To Go: The Vignoble Riviere du Chene is one of the province's most popular wineries for a reason. Not only do they have incredible wine, but the vineyard itself looks like a work of art in itself. Nestled in the charming Quebec countryside, this place will take your breath away.
While the weather is expected to be manageable while you're doing your holiday shopping, the Farmers' Almanac predicts that things will take a turn for the worse around December 16, with conditions becoming more "unsettled."
"Frigidly cold weather" is expected to make its way from the Arctic to Quebec just in time for Christmas and Boxing Day, which will be mixed with scattered snow showers and flurries. So you may have a good excuse to skip a few parties to stay warm.
Either way, you'll likely find some relief as we welcome the new year. From December 28 to 31, the weather is expected to be "fair and cold initially, then becoming milder as we ring in 2022."
Overall, the Farmers' Almanac is predicting a "typical winter chill" in Quebec throughout winter, with a stormy January that'll taper off into a relatively easy, but still cold, February.
The forecast says Valentine's Day will see light snow and fair skies, which sounds ideal for a winter walk or cuddling up by a fire.
There will be almost 60% fewer days of precipitation in February compared to January, according to the report.
While it's tricky to predict the weather so far in advance, admitted the report, followers of the Farmers' Almanac have observed its accuracy "runs in the neighbourhood of 75% to 80%."
While there's a myriad of possible reasons as to why Trudeau is ahead in the province, his handling of the pandemic could be the biggest. Among the Quebecers polled, 46% believed that health care is the most pressing issue in the upcoming election and 53% said the current prime minister "has performed well on pandemic management."
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