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What's in store for the long weekend?

There's summer-like weather on the way for some!
There's summer-like weather on the way for some!

Staff writers

May 18, 2012 — It's often referred to as the "unofficial start of summer," but will Mother Nature co-operate for the May long weekend? The Weather Network's Gina Ressler, a meteorologist, breaks down the long weekend forecast across Canada.

Temperatures forecast Saturday
Temperatures forecast Saturday


While it won't be "sweltering" in BC like it was in some places last weekend and earlier this week, people in the province can look forward to a dry start to the weekend. 

"Saturday looks to be the driest day and the best day to get outside. Temperatures will be around the seasonal mark," explains Ressler. 

On Sunday and Monday, a low pressure system from the Pacific is expected to bring clouds and showers to the province.

"It will be cloudy and cooler along the coast, and in parts of the Interior," Ressler says. 


After a week of dry, warm and windy weather that helped fuel forest fires in the provinces, people in the Prairies can expect cooler, and in some cases wet weather to start the weekend. 

"We have a low pressure system exiting the region, but widespread showers are still possible on Saturday," says Ressler. 

Sunday looks to be drier for most major centres, with temperatures starting to rebound in the west. 

"We'll see the warmer weather return to southern Alberta and Saskatchewan through Sunday and Monday," Ressler explains. "There's still a slight risk of a shower or two in northern Alberta from that Pacific low, but overall it's not a bad weekend across the Prairies."

A snapshot look at your Sunday
A snapshot look at your Sunday


Get ready for hot and humid weather if you live in southern Ontario or Quebec. 

"We're talking temperatures in the twenties, feeling into the 30's in some cases," says Ressler. 

The only concern for active weather comes with a passing cold front throughout the weekend. 

"On Saturday and Sunday there's a risk of showers and thundershowers in northwestern Ontario. By Monday, that risk will be in central Ontario and the Nickel Belt region," Ressler explains. 

Showers aren't forecast for the Greater Toronto Area, Ottawa or Montreal at this point, but more cloud cover is likely Monday. 

"If you're going camping, maybe bring a weather radio along just in case storms pop up," Ressler suggests. 


The forecast? Simple: high and dry.

"We have high pressure dominating in eastern Canada, and as a result we're looking at little to no precipitation," Ressler says. 

Mild temperatures are forecast for inland communities, but it will be a little cooler near the water. Cooler conditions are also forecast for Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, where it will be breezy as well. 

For a closer look at the weather expected locally, check out our Holiday Weather Forecast.

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