The Montreal area has just experienced its second month of July, the hottest in nearly 150 years, with a monthly average of 24.6 °C on the thermometer.
“It is a month of July is exceptional, it is clear […] It is the second largest [in the month of July, the warmest since the first data recorded in 1871,” said Jean-Philippe Bégin, a meteorologist at Environment Canada.
Irreplaceable, it is the year 1921, which still maintains the record for the highest heat for the month of July, with an average of… to 24.7 °C.
A tenth of a degree
In other words, only a small tenth of a degree separates us from the absolute record.
To calculate this average, the experts compile all the maximum temperatures on the day and the minimum temperatures at night.
However, ” the climatological day is not over yet “, tempered Friday evening the meteorologist, explaining that the final data would be calculated at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
“It was still a wicked good idea, and it should not change too much “, he added.
Nevertheless, the months of July 2020 is registered in the hottest of our era up to the present, with not less than 14 days where the temperatures exceed the bar of 30 °C.
“Normal, it is four [days]. Therefore, in this case, it is really above the normal. By contrast, the record […] is 17 [days], has enumerated the meteorologist. We see that we get close to historical values, it is part of something exceptional. “
First week very hot
Just in the first 10 days of the month of July, nine of them were above 30 degrees.
The highlight of the month was reached on 10 July, with temperatures of 36.1 °C : a heat record for the seventh month of the year.
In comparison, the highest recorded temperature in the region of Montreal was 37.6 °C, but rather, it was the first day of August, in 1975.
After months of may and June very dry, the month of July has begun with a substantial deficit of precipitation in all sectors of Québec, resulting in a climate conducive to forest fires.
Then, the remnants of tropical storm Fay hit the Beautiful Province on 10 and 11 July, causing a drop in temperatures.
“It has really eased the situation of forest fires in Quebec […] All regions eventually receive their storm sooner or later, this has drawn us closer to normal. So I would say : finally rain ! It was nice, ” said the meteorologist.
Temperature Variations observed by regions
The Lower st. lawrence and eastern Quebec between 0.5 and 1 degree above the normal
The centre-du-Québec between 1 and 2 degrees above normal
The south and west of Quebec between 2 and 3 degrees above normal
The region of Val-d’or has recorded a new heat record since 1952, with an average of 20.4 degrees, or 2.9 degrees higher than normal.