More rain: First week of May picks up where April left off

More rain: First week of May picks up where April left off
More rain: First week of May picks up where April left off

Published on: May 1, 2017 | Last Updated: May 1, 2017 2:25 PM EDT

Commuters take shelter under umbrellas in Montreal Tuesday April 4, 2017.

Commuters take shelter under umbrellas in Montreal Tuesday April 4, 2017. John Mahoney / Montreal Gazette

April was one of the wettest months on record in the Montreal region, and the start to May isn’t looking so dry. 

Montreal came close to breaking the rainfall record for April. The city was soaked with 155 millimetres of rain, just below the record of 159 millimetres set back in 1942. 

The city could be drenched with up to 50 millimetres of rain from Monday until Tuesday morning and the region will be hit with another rainy weather system on Friday that could see at least 15 to 25 millimetres of rain.

“It’s two back-to-back low pressure systems that we usually see in the winter,” said Bruno Marquis, a meteorologist with Environment Canada. “The water levels of many rivers in southern Quebec are very high.”

Since the beginning of the year, Montreal has seen record levels of precipitation, a result of a much milder January and February than usual. Despite the rain, temperatures in April were close to the seasonal average. 

Marquis said he understands that people are tired of all the damp and dreary weather.

“I am fed up too,” he said.  

On the bright side, temperatures should be seasonal in May, June and July, he said.

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