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Duelling storms to bring flash floods to southern Quebec this weekend

What to do over a wet long weekend with heavy rainfall and flash flooding starting Friday evening and carrying into Monday.

Written by
Laura Osborne

Montreal’s heatwave is officially over.

The forecast for the Thanksgiving long weekend will be significantly impacted by two major weather systems expected to bring heavy rainfall and pose a significant flood risk throughout the weekend.

These two weather systems, one approaching Quebec from the west and the other from the east, will merge and result in a very wet weekend for the entire province.

The days of exceptionally high temperatures and seemingly endless dry, summer weather are gone, thanks to the influence of weather from the west and the remnants of a long-lasting tropical storm from the east.

With the anticipated arrival of persistent heavy rain, certain communities may experience localized flooding over the weekend.

Storm, Montreal
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Environment Canada issued a special weather advisory for the Montreal area, warning that the precipitation starting late on Friday will intensify on Saturday.

Rainfall totals are expected to range from 50 to 80 millimetres. Some of the most severely affected areas may receive over 100 mm of rainfall by Monday, leading to widespread flood alerts across the province.

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Photograph: Becca McHaffie

From the city's best restaurants, hidden, luxury spasshopping and nightlife—whether you're looking for Michelin-inspired dining, Montreal's best cheap eats and iconic dishes—to some all-night parties, you can stay dry while still having tons of fun this weekend. 

Rosélys Restaurant
Photograph: Rosélys Restaurant

Looking refuel downtown? With some of the best chefs and restaurants gathered under one roof, Time Out Market Montréal is the perfect place to meet for breakfast, lunch or dinner—especially if you're looking for the best fall comfort food around.

Burger T !
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Whether you’re craving fresh sashimi and savoury maki, or one of the best sandwiches in the city, there’s something for everyone—including cocktails, mocktailsiced Chai lattés and milkshakes.

Take your pick between paella, Middle Eastern mezzeramenbutter chickenpastapizza, burgers and more. Or order one of each to share! 

In search of family-friendly fun? We've also rounded up all the best things to do in town—rain or shine.

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Photograph: Freddy Arciniegas | Montreal Science Centre

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