To study the impact of urban development on heat, Montréal is installing stations to measure air temperature and humidity. These silent, non-hazardous stations look like white plates. They will collect data over the course of 10 summers.
Seven stations have been set up in Mercier–Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Saint-Léonard, Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension and Outremont as pilot projects for summer 2022. In 2023, the city would like to install 25 more within city limits.
Some 200 additional stations on the way
Researchers will use data from the stations to understand more about high temperatures and the phenomenon of heat islands. The city has developed a partnership with McGill University for the installation of 200 additional stations for the summers of 2022, 2023 and 2024. View a map of stations