On the hottest day of the year, more than 150,000 clients are without power — and air conditioning — in Quebec.
As of Monday at 8:30 p.m., Hydro-Québec was reporting that 50,000 customers didn’t have electricity in the Laurentians and the Lanaudière regions, while 50,000 customers were without power in the Outaouais region. Another 30,000 lost power in the Quebec City area and 20,000 were without it in Montérégie.
The outages were caused by a chain of severe thunderstorms that swept through Monday evening, Hydro-Québec said.
By contrast, only 80 customers lost power in Montreal, which was narrowly missed by the storms but was put under a severe thunderstorm warning Monday evening.
Hydro-Québec said that it was too early to say when power would be restored to all its customers.
The outages came on a day when temperatures climbed as high as 35 C throughout southern Quebec and Ontario.