Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Heatwave continues as Beauport hits 38C or 100F

I will have to do my homework on this one, but I can't remember the last time any Quebec region topped the (38C) 100F mark. Montreal has come close in recent years, maybe even topped it unofficially in the heart of the city, but at Trudeau Airport where it matters you have to go back to August 1, 1975 for the warmest high in Montreal, and that was 37.6 or 99.7F. Well yesterday one of the normally cooler portions of the province, Quebec City and its suburbs, turned out to be the warmest ion the country. Beuport reached 38C at 4pm or 100F making it the warmest place in Canada. The humidex was a sweltering 45C. Quebec City was 33C and Montreal 33.1C just shy of the record of 33.9. Today we have another shot at a record high with the forecast calling for 32C and the record 32.3C set in 1982.

It will be sunny and very humid once again with temperatures rising rapidly, L'Ile Perrot is already 25C (77F). A weak front will sag south this afternoon with just a slight risk of a shower or thunderstorm. Wednesday will be even warmer with highs pushing 33-35C (90-95F) in most region from Ontario and Quebec south into New England. By Wednesday night and Thursday another front will bring us more widespread thunderstorms. It will remain hot and humid into Saturday before cooler and drier air arrives by Sunday.

This heat is very dangerous, so watch your children and pets as we still hear horror stories of dogs and even children being left in hot cars. The thermometer inside my car yesterday afternoon showed 50C (122F) so even a few minutes in a sealed car is unbearable and life threatening. Drink lots of water and reach for the sunscreen. Be safe everyone.

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