Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Sunshine and warm weather on the way

After what seems like an eternity of low clouds, rain and drizzle in Quebec and Ontario, skies will clear starting tonight. We have one more day of drizzle and cool temperatures as low pressure, that has been stalled over the Great Lakes for two weeks, finally moves east. In its place will be strong high pressure that will usher in warm temperatures into the Thanksgiving Day weekend. Temperatures will soar under sunshine to well above normal reaching 24C on Saturday. The sunshine and warm weather will last well into Monday.

OPHELIA: Yesterday tropical storm Ophelia made landfall on the Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland at around 9:30am local time. The storm produced strong winds up to 100km/h and heavy rain at the rate of 20mm an hour for several hours. The immediate coastline was the hardest hit with flooding, evacuations and some roads washed out. Much less rainfall occurred east and west of the storm track with only a few millimetres in other parts of the region. Powerful surf and surge affected the area and offshore waters as well with waves on the Grand Banks as high as 22 metres. A surge of 30-60cm (1-2 feet) was reported along the immediate coast and in bays and harbours. The area will receive a brief break before another intense non-tropical low pressure area affects Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Another round of strong winds, heavy rain and a dangerous storm surge is possible with this storm starting Wednesday. In addition to the rain, portions of western Newfoundland and Labrador will have their first significant snow of the season.

****Ophelia will continue moving rapidly northeast today and begin to affect the UK by this evening. You can read more about that and the record heatwave they just had HERE.

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