Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Chilly Tuesday then warmer

A relatively dry cold front swept across the Montreal region late Monday with just a few sprinkles and some gusty winds. The air is noticeably cooler this morning with the current temperature at 5C (41F) here on L'Ile Perrot down from nearly 20C (68F) on Monday. Today will be the coldest day of the week with clouds, perhaps a sprinkle or two and highs no better than 10C (50F). It will be cold overnight with lows generally approaching the freezing point. The balance of the week into the weekend will be rather mild with temperatures above normal. Highs on Wednesday will be near 18C (65F). High pressure will dominate into Thursday before a decent low approaches the St. Lawrence Valley from the Great Lakes. Look for rain by Friday into Saturday with slightly cooler temperatures.

Hurricane Rafael
The news is better this morning regarding Rafael and Newfoundland. First of all Rafael became a hurricane on Monday and now has 85 mph winds. A tropical storm warning is out for Bermuda with the center expected to pass east of the island tonight. The storm this morning is about 395 miles south of Bermuda, moving north northeast at 16 mph. Gusty winds, rough seas and about 2-4 inch's of rain are forecast for Bermuda as the storm passes by to the east. Looking ahead the storm is now expected to remain offshore of Newfoundland largely affecting the Grand Banks and marine waters. Rain may affect the eastern portion of the province along with rough surf and gusty winds. Adding to the rain and wind and even some snow is a strong low pressure area located in New Brunswick this morning. The two systems will combine to bring unsettled weather to Atlantic Canada for most of the week.

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