Montreal weather: Record-breaking warmth followed by violent weather on the way

Spring-like weather in Montreal is soon to be replaced by a flash freeze, strong winds and heavy rain.

Laura Osborne
Written by
Laura Osborne
Editor, Time Out Canada
Ice Storm
Photograph: Shutterstock/ Marc Bruxelle

Early spring is on the way out.

With a daytime high in Montreal expected to break records for the second day on Wednesday, record-breaking warm temperatures will be giving way to some violent weather.

In February, the typical high is -2 degrees Celsius, and the city is set to experience a high of 13 degrees Celsius—surpassing the record of 8.3 C set in 1954 and matched in 2017 for Feb. 28.

Montreal also established a new record high on Feb. 27 with a temperature of 14.9  degrees Celsius, surpassing the previous record of 10.9  degrees Celsius in 2000. 

Following this warm surge, an aggressive cold front is poised to sweep across the province on Wednesday evening, bringing strong winds and a rapid freeze. 

Storm, Montreal
Photograph: Martin Reisch

Environment and Climate Change Canada has issued wind warnings for the Greater Montreal area, as westerly winds could intensify this evening, reaching gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Looking for the best things to do indoors? Cheap thrills await at the largest arcade and entertainment centre downtown, or book a staycation at a Montreal hotel ranked the best in Canada.

Four Seasons Hotel Montreal
Photograph: Four Seasons Hotel Montreal

And with all the epic restaurants and next-level bars in the city, there’s no better time to reserve at one of Montreal’s top tables—including the most romantic or where the most innovative cocktails are being poured.

Photograph: Shutterstock / Jacob Lund

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