Thursday, May 27, 2010

Heat Index over 100F

Montreal shattered its record high temperature yesterday at 34.7C, the previous record was 28.3 set in 1951. With the high humidity it felt like 40C or over 100F. The heat was stifled in the late afternoon when a fast moving line of thunderstorms moved from north to south across the island and into upstate New York. The fast moving storms dumped very little rain but produced high winds toppling some trees and a lightning strike that set a Hampstead home on fire. The temperature is a natural air conditioned 16C this morning and we will warm to a normal 25C. It will warm again over the weekend with an increase in humidity as well. The threat of thunderstorms has moved into the lower Hudson Valley today and metro New York City into the Middle Atlantic. To show you the effects of that rapidly moving cold front, yesterday at 4pm the temperature was 34C (95F) in Montreal while it was only 22C (72F) in Quebec City. Other record highs yesterday were 91F in Burlington and an amazing 99F in Hartford.

Here on the Outer Banks we are into our last full day. The forecast is improving with the effects of that coastal low diminishing. Temperatures will warm into the 80's today with seas and winds subsiding. We are off to Ocracoke Island for one last frolic on the beach. Then back north tomorrow through that front that is producing the severe weather. I may have some decent pictures by the end of the day.

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