Monday, September 12, 2011

Warm start to week

Maria's forecast track takes her close to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland later this week. (National Hurricane Center)

What a difference 24 hours can make. Montreal's suburbs was about 8C yesterday at this time, today, the temperature is already 19C just shy of the high on Sunday. Overnight winds responded to a warm front lifting north of the city, and switched to the southwest bringing in much warmer and humid air. The warm air mass will be with us through Tuesday with a general mix of sun and clouds and a chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. The risk will be highest late Tuesday as a cold front moves across southern Quebec. Temperatures will cool down significantly by the middle to late portion of the work week.

Over the weekend Tropical Storm Nate dissipated along the central Gulf Coast of Mexico with very little fanfare. Maria is still a tropical storm with 60mph winds, located in the Caribbean about 140 miles north of San Jaun, Puerto Rico. Maria is expected to take a sharp right turn and move along the east coast, but well offshore. Her effects may be felt later in the week in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

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