July and August temperatures have been slightly higher than normal or close to normal across the province. In mid July, the Montreal region experienced a six-day heat wave — the longest since 1999 — that was punctuated by violent storms of unusually strong winds of over 100 km/hr. In northern Quebec, forest fires have been more frequent than usual.
July precipitation was generally 30 per cent higher than average, except in the Québec City area (normal) and Lower St. Lawrence region (100 per cent above normal). Since the beginning of August, precipitation has been close to normal throughout province.
The average St. Lawrence level has remained normal for this time of year. Wetland operating levels range from normal to slightly lower than normal, but available waterfowl habitat remains good.
Average to above-average numbers of broods have been observed, and the prospects for the fall flight should be good. Conditions for Bylot Island indicate that snow goose production should be better than last year but lower than the long-term average.