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2 College Sophomore

Weather: The first month of school (September) can be HOT. Then one day, temperature will suddenly begin declining, and before you have time to blink, it will be winter. The worst stretch of winter here includes temperatures that can dip down to -40 degrees (both Fahrenheit and Celsius).

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1 College Sophomore

Weather: It gets really cold and snowy. On top of that wind whips through campus. You really need to layer up and the lecture halls are kept really hot so its a lot of going from freezing to dying of heat in the winter.

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4 College Junior

Weather: It depends on how much you like changing seasons. The winters are very cold (-15 degrees Celsius) and it snows a lot. But the fall colours are gorgeous and summers are short but nice and hot.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Everyone has heard of the treacherous weather conditions, especially in winter, along the east coast of North America. However, Montreal is well-equipped to deal with the snow and cold, with efficient snow clearing and removal systems and an underground network of passageways (including several blocks of shopping). Invest in a good coat (I recommend a North Face or Canada Goose) and a good pair of boots, and you are guaranteed to survive and make the most of winter. One of the benefits is that the hussle and bussle of city life continues, irrespective of the snow and the cold, and people continue to walk to classes, go clubbing and lead their regular lives.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: The weather is pretty great in general except that it gets ridiculously cold in the winter. It sounds worse than it actually is and I was surprised my first year by how little it affected me. Best part for me is that it doesn't rain too much (compared to the west coast at least)

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Oh, the frosty bite of winter. The weather in Montréal is not exactly known for being balmy. Temperatures from December through March hover in the five to fifteen degree Fahrenheit range. It snows, even just a sprinkling, almost everyday, and there are usually a couple weeks each winter where it gets as cold as negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit. Winter fashions involve knee- or even ankle-length coats and tall non-skid boots. Walking up or down the hill to campus is a feat of balance and nerves; it is not uncommon to see people falling on their butt on their way to class. The winters in Montréal start in November and end in March, with April only mildly warmer and very overcast.

The saving grace about the weather in Montréal is the beautiful fall and summer. When you first arrive in the city for freshman orientation, it's hot as hell and humid, too. The weather stays this way, cooling slightly in September to a lovely Indian summer. This is the time when you should explore the city and take advantage of the weather. Sit on the lawn, bring a lunch, and soak up the vitamin D. You will need a reserve come December. Unfortunately for students, the weather does not usually get nice until the week of finals, when students are about to leave for home anyway and are holed up in the library. McGill, unfortunately, operates during the worst part of the year weather-wise, and few students get to enjoy the comfort that Montréal weather can bring.

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Temperature Averages
Spring - High: 51 °F
Spring - Low: 31 °F
Summer - High: 77 °F
Summer - Low: 55 °F
Fall - High: 54 °F
Fall - Low: 37 °F
Winter - High: 24 °F
Winter - Low: 7 °F
Precipitation Averages
Spring: 3.00 in./month
Summer: 3.70 in./month
Fall: 3.57 in./month
Winter: 3.13 in./month


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