The time has come for students across the country to head back to school. And while it's a sign that the summer season is ending, most Canadians can expect to see above normal temperatures to continue through October.
"The afterglow of a scorching summer will mean a warm start to the season," says Chris Scott, Director of Meteorology at The Weather Network.
A look back at summer:
"It's a fair assumption that Canada has experienced (on average) a dry and hot summer," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.
For many Canadians, the summer of 2012 will definitely go down in the record books.
"July 2012 globally is the fourth warmest July on record. In Ontario, the July temperature was as much as 3.5°C above average," says Vettese. "Southern Ontario experienced several heat waves this year too."
Low to record dry precipitation totals were also reported from southern and central Ontario to the Atlantic provinces and southern Manitoba as well.
"In Western Canada, including British Columbia and the majority of the Prairies, it was actually fairly average in terms of precipitation compared to historical distribution," says Vettese. "One of the reasons for the great variation across the country is due to the fact that the precipitation came from thunderstorms rather than large scale, synoptic events."
A hot and dry summer does not necessarily dictate a warm and dry winter however.
"As November approaches, conditions will become stormier, which is normal as winter nears," says Scott.
Fall, a transitional season:
"During fall, the atmosphere is attempting to balance itself into winter mode so there are a lot of ups and downs with temperatures as well as precipitation patterns," explains Vettese.
As a result, students and parents should be prepared for the temperature swings when heading back-to-school.
Starting at 6 am ET on Tuesday, September 4, The Weather Network will be LIVE on location for the first day back to school. Be sure to tune into the Toronto Regional show on TV as we speak with parents, teachers and students at San Lorenzo Ruiz Catholic School in Markham, Ontario.