lightning – On Saturday June 30th, during late evening before Canada Day, the skies over Montreal lit up with a pre-‘fireworks’ display of its own. If you had a good view towards the South/Southwest you would have seen a spectacular lightning show – one caused by the oncoming extreme heat and humidity we have been experiencing since last Friday. If you missed it, you can check out the short video capturing bursts of light, illuminating the clouds and making them appear to be in a dance of their own.
What is also interesting is that the soundless flashes of lightning seen here, were really coming from a thunderstorm somewhere up to 100 miles away.
When a thunderstorm is that far away, the sound does not travel as far as the light – in fact, you can only really hear the thunder from approximately 10 to 15 miles away. But what we saw here made the clouds light up in a most remarkable way. Unfortunately it heralded the record-breaking heatwave – one where there are those who actually enjoy the high temperatures and humidity, but also one where many more are scrambling to find ways to stay cool.
When all is said and done, this extreme heatwave will have lasted up to seven full days – and for some people, that is six days too much. But Montrealers know how to grin and bear it – albeit while sweating it too. In our stoic manner we head to swimming pools, air-conditioned shopping malls, movie theatres or even shaded terraces to cool off with a refreshing drink, or two.
Summer has really just begun, but like this city, we like to do it big – with a little of our ‘ je ne sais quoi’ attitude thrown in. So keep cool and refreshed while enjoying the season to its fullest. Winter will inevitably arrive and the thermometers will dip – and we will start shivering before we know it and complaining about the snow and ice.