Friday, April 02, 2010

Summer warmth

5pm UPDATE: New record highs today: 25C Montreal, 28C Ottawa and Prescott/Ogdensburg. Lake Ontario is keeping Kingston cool at 17C while just up the 401 Brockville is 27C.
Meanwhile the cool Atlantic is keeping Boston at 11C (52F) while most other locations in New England are in the 75-80F range with the exception of the immediate Lake Champlain shore line and as mentioned the immediate New England coast.

It appears we will skip a season, at least for the next two days. Strong high pressure will dominate the weather along the Atlantic coast and New England into southern Quebec and Ontario. The warm sunshine and strong southerly flow will push the mercury to summer readings of about 20 degrees above normal to record highs of 25C in Montreal and 23 to 27C in most regions away from the rivers or lakes. The cooler bodies of water will keep temperatures down in places like Kingston. The record high in Montreal for today was 16C set in 2009 and for tomorrow's date it is 21C set in 1981. If all goes as planned we should shatter those records. Temperatures are responding slowly this morning as areas of fog burn off. But they are coming up nicely to our west and south with readings already near the 17C mark along the US/Ontario borders.

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