Montreal winter weather gets a bad rep. As it should. It's bloody brutal if you're not prepared. If you can't take the heat, then fine, you know what to do. But if you can't take the cold, you might as well camp out in the kitchen. With Morgan Freeman.
Or... you could get your wits about you, realize winter is SO MUCH FUN and wear the right clothes so you can bask in every moment. It's simple really. If you dress the part, you're going to love winter in Montreal.
And now for some weather-speak.
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Montreal Winter Weather by Month
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Wind Chill: A Definition
According to Environment Canada, the wind chill index is “used to determine the relative discomfort resulting from a specific combination of wind speed and air temperature, expressed by the loss of body heat in watts per square metre (of skin).”
In other words, there are winter days when it’s windy. And when it’s windy, it feels colder if skin is exposed.
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Frostbite: Everything You Need to Know
In early January 2012, I decided to put together a series of frostbite FAQs after waking up to the most alarmist radio show interview I had ever heard on the subject.
If I had just moved to Montreal and listened to that same show, I would have barricaded myself in my home until Spring arrived.
The medical professional being interviewed spoke of acute respiratory failure and limb amputation from frostbite with such veiny detail and exactly zero context and reassurance that I physically cringed at the thought of walking five minutes to the closest subway during the cold spell Montreal was experiencing which, as a born and bred Quebecer, is kind of a silly reaction.
So in the interest of my fellow Montrealers, Canadians and friendly city guests, some of whom might be about to experience their very first winter here, I put together the most exhaustive guide on frostbite that I could, if only to spare you my shudder and reduce potential anxiety over present and future extreme cold weather.
In... other words, the frostbite situation in Montreal is not as bad as you might think.
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