Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Record warmth for Alberta - smoke & haze in Montreal

Record heat continues to surge northward into western Canada today as yet another day of hot weather is forecast for southern Alberta into Manitoba. Yesterday temperatures soared into the mid 30's across southern interior BC and Alberta east into southwest Saskatchewan. Sundre, Alberta was 36C and Edmonton a sweltering 34C (94F) shattering the 1964 record of 28.9C. Even Stony Rapids in central Saskatchewan had a record high of 35.4C. Some relief will begin filtering into northern areas with highs only in the upper 20's today in Edmonton.

Meanwhile poor air quality and more flooding was the news across southern Quebec and New England. Forest fires burning in central Quebec have sent a plume of fine particulate matter into the region with poor air quality and smog advisories stretching from Atlantic Canada to Ontario and south into New England. Montreal remains trapped between two weather systems, a Bermuda high off the east coast of the US and a trough and frontal boundary over the Great Lakes and to the south of Montreal. Deep tropical moisture is streaming north along the front with an increase in warmth and humidity forecast right through the end of the week. What this means for the area is much the same, only a little warmer each day. Temperatures were only around 21C on Tuesday here in Montreal, but will warm today to 26C and near 30C by Friday. More showers and storms can be expected each day. The focus for the storms yesterday was across central New York into southern Vermont and New Hampshire. Major flooding was reported around Lebanon. Such has been the case here in the east this summer with a different region hammered by training thunderstorms and flash flooding almost daily. No relief in sight at this time as the pattern holds into early next week.

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