|Historic flooding across Louisiana has resulted in at least four fatalities and thousands of evacuations and water rescues. (Photo via Twitter @cbcnews)|
The soupy weather across eastern North America is the result of a large Bermuda high sitting off the east coast of the US. This system is pumping extremely warm and humid air north and west. Searing heat has been gripping the large east-coast cities of the US, as well as southern Ontario. We had a break on Saturday, as clouds and rain managed to keep the temperatures down here in Montreal. Along the edge of the high is a conveyor belt of moisture running from the Gulf of Mexico into Quebec. Therefore the closer to the Gulf, the more rainfall. Unprecedented historic flooding is occurring in Louisiana, with a least four fatalities reported. Thousands of water rescues have occurred, in addition to tens of thousands more evacuated. The flooding was the result of nearly 2 feet of rain in less than 48 hours. Damage is widespread across the state, including the closure of Interstate 10.
After the severe drought conditions of the last month, more rain is expected in southern Quebec late Tuesday and Wednesday, with perhaps another 25 to 50mm. Temperatures will warm up again for Monday, reaching 28C (83F) this afternoon in Montreal.