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Springtime look ahead

April 1, 2010 — Spring will be mild and dry across Canada. Here's what's in store.

Canadians from Ontario to Nova Scotia will bask in a warm long weekend, but people in other parts of Canada won't be left without balmy weather for much longer.

The entire country will be unseasonably warm and dry from April to June, Environment Canada's early spring projections suggest.

But there is a downside to all the sunshine, points out David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada.

'Warm and dry creates all kinds of issues, from air quality to drought to forest fires to bugs and diseases and water levels. You name it,' he says.

'It counters drinking beer and outdoor patios.'

The winter was also mild and dry - and, for the the first time since record keeping began back in 1845, no snow fell in Toronto in March. Parks that normally would be muddy at this time of year are busy with people getting some fresh air and exercise.

Now southern Ontario is set to break new records on Friday.

Weather Network meteorologist Chris Scott says parts of Ontario will easily see record-setting temperatures on Friday.

'Some locations may get close to the upper 20's. It all depends on how strong the winds are - to help to mix up the atmosphere and keep those cool lake breezes at bay,' he says.

For the lastest on the record-breaking long weekend, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your Regional and National Forecasts come up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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