The winter season in Montreal gets a bad reputation. If you are unprepared for the season, it can be one of the harshest winter seasons you will ever experienced. So if you are planning to travel to Montreal during winter, here are some facts that you need to know.
The Winter Season Temperatures
The winter season in Montreal lasts close to five months—from December to April. During December the day temperatures can reach a high of -1C/30.2F and at night, the temperatures can drop to -8C/17.6F. There are also frequent snowfalls and freezing rains.
In January the temperatures drop even further to -4C/24.8F during the day and -12C/10.4F during the night. Snow flurries also happen a lot. In February it gets a bit warmer with daytime temperatures averaging -3C/26.6F and night temperatures reach -12C/10.4F.
During March, the weather can be unpredictable. The cold weather could continue, or early spring could set in—ushering in warmer temperatures. On average, daytime temperatures can reach 2C/35.6F. However, you will still need to don your waterproof boots because the snow is turning into slush.
Even though April is spring season in other parts of Canada, Montreal temperatures are still cool at 9C/48.2F during the day and 1C/33.8F at night. In April you can ditch the heavy winter coats and add some style with scarves and hats.
Wind Chill Index
A wind chill index is a measurement of the loss of body heat due to a combination of air temperature and wind speed. The wind chill index in Montreal can reach lows of -40C. You need to make sure you keep warm and avoid skin exposure by using clothing items like hats, gloves, scarfs and even face masks.
The winter season in Montreal can be quite harsh, so it helps to plan well if you plan to visit the city of festivals.