Severe storm risk, searing heat loom for Quebec this weekend

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Severe storm risk, searing heat loom for Quebec this weekend
Severe storm risk, searing heat loom for Quebec this weekend

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Saturday brings another round of thunderstorms, with a considerable amount of severe storm risk, greatest in the Eastern Townships. Supercell storms, which can produce tornadoes under the right circumstances, are not out of the question. All this amidst some very hot temperatures that will keep the province toasty for the weekend. A closer look, ahead.

SATURDAY: SEVERE THUNDERSTORM THREAT, WITH TORNADIC RISK IN THE EASTERN TOWNSHIPS

After a round of thunderstorms Friday, with some local storms turning severe, a similar threat will spill into Saturday as well, as the cold front from northwestern Ontario passes through southern Quebec.

There's a better chance for these storms to be a bit more widespread on Saturday, and also considerably more severe.

"Supercells are possible throughout the severe region on Saturday, with the main risks being strong wind gusts, large hail, heavy rain and a tornado or two," warns Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "The best tornadic risk is in the Eastern Townships where the severe storms are likely."

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EastRiskSat (3)

WEEKEND AND BEYOND: EXTENDED STRETCH OF HIGH HEAT AND HUMIDITY

By Saturday, an extended period of hot and humid conditions will set up over the region.

Temperatures will quickly jump into the 30s for several days in a row, with abundant sunshine splashing through the second half of the weekend and beyond. Daytime highs into the mid 30s are possible next week, with the humidex pushing the upper 30s and even lower 40s at times.

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Montreal7day'

While there's the chance for some scattered thunderstorms during the second half of next week, overall the week looks to remain dry.

Some relief from the high heat and humidity will arrive by next weekend, but new records are likely to be broken before then for the longest stretch of 30°+C days so early in the season.

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Montreal30

Be sure to check back for the latest updates on the early heat wave in Quebec.

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