March 12, 2013 — Many parts of Canada are seeing a return to warmer weather, but don't get too comfortable -- winter isn't over yet.
Plants are (slowly) starting to bloom, snow is melting, and temperatures are rising.
There's a little over a week before the official start to spring, but don't pack away your winter clothes just yet.
"Even though we have entered "meteorological spring" ... and the vernal equinox is March 20th, we are still very much at risk for winter weather," explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
"Last year's lack of winter and summer-like spring have given some Canadians a false memory of what spring is really like in Canada, especially in March. During a normal spring, we see winter weather - especially in the month of March- as many Canadians are currently experiencing. Last year we had record-breaking temperatures in March between 20-30 degrees Celsius, but this year we are back to reality. March is actually Calgary's snowiest month according to climate normals. The main idea to take from this is that winter-weather is not in our rear-view mirror, and it is still very much a reality, especially over the next few weeks."
WHAT WILL THE 2013 SPRING SEASON LOOK LIKE?
While meteorologists at The Weather Network are predicting near normal spring conditions for most of Canada, some regions can expect patterns that fall outside of the normal averages. A milder trend is likely for central and eastern Canada, while much of western Canada will be cooler than normal. See below for provincial and regional breakdowns.
Most of British Columbia can expect below normal temperatures this spring, with near normal temperatures forecast for extreme northern BC, the Queen Charlottes and much of Vancouver Island's west coast. Below normal precipitation is expected from central interior BC out through the central coast across northern Vancouver Island and portions of the north coast, with near normal precipitation elsewhere.
Alberta and Saskatchewan
Temperatures in northern Alberta and west central Saskatchewan will also be below normal, with near normal temperatures elsewhere. Near normal precipitation is expected for much of Alberta though wetter than normal conditions are forecast near the border with central Saskatchewan. Above normal precipitation is also likely for northern sections of Saskatchewan south down the western half except for the extreme southwest where normal precipitation is expected as it is for most of the east.
While temperatures for Manitoba will be near normal, above normal precipitation is forecast for southcentral and southeastern parts of the province with near normal precipitation elsewhere.
Above normal temperatures are forecast across most of southern and eastern Ontario and the southeastern corner of northeastern Ontario as well with near normal temperatures in northcentral and northwestern Ontario. Wetter than normal conditions are likely for the southwestern fringe of northwestern Ontario. Wetter than normal conditions are also expected in extreme southwestern Ontario with near normal precipitation elsewhere.
Temperatures are predicted to be above normal for most areas with near normal temperatures around the Hudson Bay lowlands and the extreme north. Near normal precipitation is forecast across the province.
Near normal temperatures are in store for western Newfoundland and eastern parts of PEI and Nova Scotia, while New Brunswick, the Bay of Fundy, western PEI and eastern Newfoundland can expect milder than normal temperatures. Precipitation amounts will be near normal for the entire region.
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Below normal temperatures are forecast for portions of the southwestern part of the Northwest Territories, while the central swath of Nunavut can expect above normal conditions. Above normal precipitation is likely in southeastern Northwest Territories and bordering Nunvavut as well as central Baffin Island. Near normal precipitation is forecast elsewhere.
|City||Temperature Forecast||Precipitation Forecast||Average Temperatures||Average Precipitation|
|Vancouver||Below normal||Near normal||High 13.2 |
|Victoria||Below normal||Near normal||High 13.5 |
|Calgary||Near normal||Near normal||High 10.6 |
|Edmonton||Near normal||Near normal||High 10.3 |
|Regina||Near normal||Near normal||High 10 |
|Saskatoon||Near normal||Above normal||High 9.4 |
|Winnipeg||Near normal||Above normal||High 9.5 |
|Thunder Bay||Near normal||Near normal||High 8.7 |
|Sudbury||Above normal||Near normal||High 8.5 |
|Ottawa||Above normal||Near normal||High 10.7 |
|Toronto||Above normal||Near normal||High 11.5 |
|Windsor||Near normal||Above normal||High 13.4 |
|Montreal||Above normal||Near normal||High 10.6 |
|Fredericton||Above normal||Near normal||High 9.9 |
|Moncton||Above normal||Near normal||High 9.3 |
|Charlottetown||Above normal||Near normal||High 7.2 |
|Halifax||Near normal||Near normal||High 8.7 |
|St. John's||Above normal||Near normal||High 5.7 |
|Iqaluit||Near normal||Near normal||High -9.9 |
|Yellowknife||Near normal||Near normal||High -0.1 |
|Whitehorse||Near normal||Near normal||High 6.2 |