Monday, September 12, 2016

A touch of fall in the air for Ontario and Quebec

A tree crushes a car in north end Montreal early Sunday morning. (CTV News Montreal)
Monday morning Southern Quebec awoke to a fresh air mass and the coldest temperatures since last May, 9C (48F) here on L'Ile Perrot. This comes after an active weather weekend across eastern Canada. Saturday was extremely humid, with summer-like temperatures rising into the high 20s and, in some cases, over 30C. Combined with the humidity, the atmosphere was juiced as a strong cold front arrived overnight into Sunday. The front generated widespread severe thunderstorms that swept across the St. Lawrence Valley from Kingston to Montreal and northeast towards the Saguenay. Winds gusted in excess of 70km/h in Kingston and Brockville, with a 69km/h gust reported at Trudeau Airport in Montreal. The wind toppled numerous trees onto cars and homes. Power lines were also damaged, with 60,000 Hydro Quebec customers across the province without power at the height of the storm. Over 150 crews and contractors worked through Sunday restoring power. As a result less than 1000 customers remain in the dark as of Monday morning. The thunderstorms also produced spectacular lightning in and around Montreal through the wee hours of Sunday morning, with over 30 strikes per minute in some cases. Funnel clouds were observed in southeastern Ontario, prompting a tornado watch.

A spectacular shot, taken by Kingston Police, of  lightning accompanying one of the storms Saturday night in Kingston, Ontario.
The front ushered in the first real fall-feeling air mass of the season. Temperatures remained in the teens on Sunday here in Montreal, along with a brisk northwest wind. This morning, skies are clear and it is fresh to say the least. The temperature dropped to 11C (52F) at Trudeau Airport, 9C (49F) here in Vaudreuil/Dorion, but as cold as 3C (39F) across the Laurentians and Adirondacks. The start of the week will be perfect, with lots of sunshine, low humidity and temperatures in the middle 20s. Clouds, along with showers and thunderstorms, arrive Wednesday, before conditions improve Thursday. Temperatures will cool once again to end the week.

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