The Suburban Weather Page

Stephen Balena blogs on current weather with the latest forecasts, warnings and statistics for Montréal and Southern Quebec. Stephen has been writing about the weather on his own blog, Valley Weather, since 2005. He has been documenting the weather in the St. Lawrence Valley since 1979.

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Montreal is on the northern edge of a clipper system passing across southern Ontario into upstate New York early Friday. If thats sounds familiar it is because the storm is following the same track of last weekends epic snowstorm. This system is much weaker, spreading 5 to 10cm of snow along…

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7PM Update: The forecast remains on track for southern Quebec this evening, with just a few flurries expected as low pressure moves well south of Montreal. It was a very different story from Brockville to Toronto along Highway 401 Sunday afternoon. Heavy snow and freezing rain produced multi…

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The mild weather of Friday has been replaced by a chilly Saturday morning in Montreal. Ile Perrot dropped to -8C (18F) overnight, after a daytime high of 7C (45F) on Friday. This was the warmest day in the last two weeks. The warmth along with gusty southwest winds and 2 to 5mm of rain, help…

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Tuesday, November 19, 8:30AM UPDATE: Freezing rain warnings have been extended across metro Montreal this morning, as the snow that was expected, has fallen mostly as light freezing rain. Up to 5mm of ice accretion is forecast before precipitation changes to to flurries later this morning.

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The snowfall warning will expire shortly as the heaviest snow moves off to the east of Montreal. Flurries and gusty winds are expected for the balance of Tuesday. Drive safe.

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As of 1:30pm, winds are still gusting over 80km/h, Hydro Quebec is reporting 907,000 clients without power, including 146,000 in Montreal. Over 400 lineman are on the job in very difficult and dangerous conditions.

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Tropical storm Olga quickly developed on Friday over the northern Gulf of Mexico and almost immediately became absorbed by a frontal boundary. The system remained rather weak and disorganized, with gusty winds of 90km/h (50mph) and heavy rainfall being the main threats. Isolated coastal floo…

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Friday, October 18, 6AM: The rain has finally stopped after a two day record total of 68mm at Trudeau Airport and 83.4mm here on Ile Perrot. Thanks to the hard work of Hydro Quebec deploying over 600 employees to help restore power, the outages have dropped from a high of nearly 140,000 cust…

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The best weather across the country is right here in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. High pressure is dominating the skies, with bright sunshine and above normal temperatures. These conditions will prevail over the weekend, with just a sl…

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A three day historic September snowstorm is winding down early Monday morning across southern Alberta and southwest Saskatchewan. The storm dumped huge amounts of wet snow across the region, with close to 100cm (40 inches) in Waterton Park, Alberta. Lethbridge recorded 45 to 55cm, with 31cm …

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After a rather cool, wet start to September, southern Quebec is in for a stretch of spectacular late summer weather. Temperatures so far this month have been relatively close to normal, averaging either side of 21C (70F) for highs, with lows around 10C (50F). The precipitation to date has be…

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Early Saturday morning, hurricane Dorian was located 660km southwest of Halifax, racing towards the northeast at 41km/h. Dorian has still maintained category 1 status, with winds gusting to 140km/h. Hurricane warnings are in effect for Nova Scotia and P.E.I., with tropical storm warnings pos…

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While the death toll continues to rise in The Bahamas, hurricane Dorian took aim at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The storm made landfall around 8:30 am Friday morning on Hatteras Island. The narrow strip of barrier islands is my home away from home, and the islands are under water Frid…

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6AM Update, September 5: Powerful category 3 hurricane Dorian continues to slowly move along the Carolina coast Thursday morning, with landfall likely across the Outer Banks later tonight. Dorian was 320km south, southwest of Wilmington, North Carolina, with 185km/h winds. Very dangerous con…

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7AM Update, Monday, September 2: Hurricane Dorian has moved very little over the past several hours, nearly stalled over Grand Bahama Island. Winds have lowered slightly with the storm, at 165 mph (265km/h), but the hurricane remains a very dangerous category 5. Catastrophic damage has been …

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10:15 AM Update: Special Statement by the National Hurricane Center: Dorian pounding the northern Bahamas now with 175mph (280km/h) winds. Dorian is now in elite company, only six Atlantic storms have had stronger winds, Allen (1980), Gilbert (1988), Mitch (1998), Rita (2005), Wilma (2005) a…

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Early Saturday morning, powerful category 4 hurricane Dorian was located 755 km east of West Palm Beach, Florida. The storm was in a very favorable environment to maintain the current strength or perhaps even grow slightly. Winds were measured at 220km/h (140 mph) with higher gusts. Dorian w…

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As a kid growing up, Labour Day meant a few things to me. There was the end of summer and back to school, a moment I despised, I am after all a huge fan of summer, always have been, the Jerry Lewis Labour Day Telethon, which ran for decades, and of course tracking hurricanes. It seems the La…

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7PM Update: The severe thunderstorm watch has expired as of 7pm. Most of the thunderstorm activity has remained south of the border across northeast New York and central Vermont. Isolated showers and storms are still possible into the overnight in Montreal, but they should remain below the s…

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Strong thunderstorms swept across southern Quebec Tuesday afternoon, helping to ease the heat and humidity present since the weekend. Temperatures have been soaring into the low 30s, with little relief during overnight hours, as lows only dropped only into the low 20s. The 4 day heatwave gen…

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Update, 6:45AM, Saturday, July 20: The heat warning remains in effect across southern Quebec, with highs on Saturday expected near 32C (90F) and humidex values over 40C. The overnight period in Montreal was very warm and sticky, with lows near 24C (76F). Some relief in the form of showers an…

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A line of strong to severe thunderstorms swept across the island of Montreal late Thursday afternoon, cutting power to over 105,000 Quebec homes. The bulk of the outages were across the West Island, Île Perrot and the Montérégie. The storms moved across the region just in time for the evenin…

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2:45PM Update: The first round of showers and thunderstorms is over after leaving behind 20mm of rain in metro Montreal. We are now in the warm sector, with very muggy conditions and rapidly rising temperatures. A line of very strong thunderstorms is developing along a cold front in central …

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UPDATE, 11:3OAM: A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Montreal and Ottawa as well as most of southern Quebec and eastern Ontario through this evening. Conditions are favourable for severe storms to develop in the soupy atmosphere this afternoon. The main threat will be very heavy …

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A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been posted Saturday for metro Montreal and southern Quebec. The watch has been issued rather early due to the amount of camping, boating and other activates planned during the holiday weekend. If you have any outdoor plans today, keep a close eye to the sky t…

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8:30PM Update: The severe thunderstorm watch should expire shortly for Montreal, as most of the stronger storms have now move north and east of the city.

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Summer officially arrived at 11:54 on Friday morning, and along with it came the best weather of the year in Montreal. The weekend has been nearly perfect with partly sunny skies, low humidity and very pleasant temperatures. The only bug in the forecast was a smokey high level haze from the …

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With a ton of outdoor events scheduled this weekend from weddings and garage sales to car shows, I wish I had better news. A series of low pressure systems will impact the southern portion of the province as well as eastern Ontario, with showery weather from late Thursday through Sunday. Whi…

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Tuesday was the 16th consecutive day with some form of precipitation in Montreal, a new record for the month of May, dating back to the late 1800s. It has rained at Trudeau Airport in Montreal on 24 of 29 days so far in May, totalling 95mm. The normal is 81.2mm for the month. Wet and cool we…

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April is typically a month of sharp transitions in the weather, however this past April was just plain cold. As a result May has become the battleground month between winter and summer. The weather seems crazy if not angry all over North America.

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Low pressure moving along the Atlantic coast continues to circulate cold, moist air down the Saint Lawrence Valley. Over the last 24 hours, another 15mm of rain fell in Montreal, bringing our monthly total up over 60mm. Showers are expected to persist into Tuesday night, with flooding still …

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UPDATE: 8PM, Saturday, May 11: Between 40 and 50mm of rain fell over the last 36 hours across eastern Ontario and southern Quebec. As a result, water levels along the Ottawa River basin as well as the Saint Lawrence River are on the rise again.