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."
Calling all Montreal music fans! Osheaga, the city's world-famous three-day music festival extravaganza, finally released its festival headliners for 2022.
For the festival's upcoming 15th anniversary, organizers have lined up a star-studded set of headliners that are sure to cater to all music tastes. From literal rock legends to pop music superstars, here's who will be headlining Osheaga 2022.
Starting on Friday, July 29, the Foo Fighters will blast your eardrums with their catchy, fist-pumping rock music. The band is sure to bring their classic hits along with tracks from their latest album, Medicine at Midnight. The band was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2021.
On Saturday, July 30, hip-hop megastar A$AP Rocky will bring his signature vibes to Montreal. While he hasn't released a new album since 2018, A$AP Rocky has managed to stay at the top of the charts and frequently lends his voice for feature spots.
Finally, on Sunday, July 31, pop goddess and one of the year's most-streamed artists, Dua Lipa, will cap it all off with her silky-smooth and polished pop sounds. Her 2020 album Future Nostalgia is still one of the most played and highest-ranking albums right now.
"We have been working on this edition for almost three years, we can't wait to finally be able to celebrate our 15th with all you music lovers," Osheaga Founder and evenko Senior Vice-President Nick Farkas said in a statement sent to MTL Blog.
Are you excited for Osheaga 2022?
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But, all these new regulations didn't stop people from having a good time. Nelly Serandour-Amar, an employee at MTL Blog, described her experience by saying, "This was my first concert since the beginning of the pandemic and even though it's not your 'typical' Osheaga, being back in a festival felt so nice. You could feel the energy from the musicians and the crowd which was so contagious. The overall festival felt very safe with it being a fully-vaccinated environment!"
Address: Various locations throughout the city and online, including Cinéma Banque Scotia
Why You Need To Go: The festival, which aims to "foster relations between China and Canada," kicks off in Montreal with Saving Chinatown, a short documentary about the threat of gentrification and anti-Asian racism Montreal's Chinatown and Asian community have experienced as a result of COVID-19.
Address: Barranco MTL - 4552, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Love weekend brunch, but want to add a little cultural flair? You'll definitely want to check out this Peruvian brunch spot in the Plateau. Bottomless mimosas are available for $30.
Address: Belle Gueule - 5579, ave. Christophe-Colomb, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: Ring in October with Oktoberfest at one of Montreal's go-to microbreweries for European-inspired beer. To mark the occasion, they've also added German snacks to their menu: sauerkraut, Bratwurst, traditional pretzels and more.