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El Niño: Towards Schnouty Summer in Quebec?

The possible arrival of El Niño in the Pacific Ocean in 2023 could herald a cooler-than-usual summer in Quebec.

At least that’s what Meteomedia weather presenter Patrick de Bellefeuil said in an interview with Richard Martineau on QUB Radio on Wednesday.

“We know we had three years, with La Niña that was well established, and it gave us summers with good heat waves,” revealed the person who is also a climate change expert.

La Niña is characterized by abnormally cold surface waters in the Pacific Ocean that disturb the climate. Instead, its “little brother,” El Niño, is characterized by warmer-than-average surface waters.

Weather models now indicate a change from La Niña to El Niño, but the extent of this phenomenon is not yet known, Patrick de Bellefeuil has relieved.

“We have not yet reached the El Niño phenomenon and we do not yet know its intensity,” he said.

Quebecers already despondent at the thought of a cold summer shouldn’t worry.

“Historically, if you look at what happens when you go from La Niña to El Niño, it doesn’t look very good, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be a very cold summer. We still have good heat periods, good periods of good weather. Maybe not as well. The amount of heat waves we are used to experiencing, but it will not be a summer to spoil,” the expert emphasized.

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