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Labour Day long weekend forecast

Who's ready to enjoy the "unofficial end to summer?"
Who's ready to enjoy the "unofficial end to summer?"

Staff writers

August 30, 2012 — Is the final long weekend of the summer shaping up the way you want? The Weather Network breaks down your forecast across Canada.

Isaac track
Isaac track

It's often referred to as the "unofficial end to summer." And with many Canadians heading back to school and back to work next week, people are undoubtedly looking to soak up the remainder of the season.

So, what's in store for the long weekend weather-wise?

Here's a breakdown of what you can expect across the country leading into Labour Day.


The start of the long weekend looks unsettled in some parts of Newfoundland.

"We have a system hanging around that could bring some cloud cover and a risk of showers on Friday and Saturday," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "Once that system clears out, Newfoundland should be dry for the rest of the weekend."

The same system could also skirt sections of PEI and Cape Breton leading into the long weekend, but high pressure will roll into the area afterward.

Conditions are also looking sunny and dry in New Brunswick over the weekend.

"It will be a hot start to the weekend, but temperatures will cool back down to seasonal through to Monday," notes Cheng.


While the long weekend is expected to start off on a hot and sunny note in both Ontario and Quebec, anyone living in southern Ontario will have to keep an eye on the forecast.

The remnants of Isaac won't be enough to put a complete damper on the Labour Day holiday, but some rain is still possible.

Saying goodbye to the 'Dog Days of Summer'
Saying goodbye to the 'Dog Days of Summer'

"This system has the potential to bring rain to extreme southwestern Ontario as early as Saturday, but the region most likely won't see any rain until Monday," Cheng explains.

Temperatures are forecast to be in the upper twenties, flirting with the 30 degree mark. Factor in the humidity, and it will be feeling warmer than that.


The long weekend looks promising in parts of the Prairie provinces, but Cheng notes that there is a widespread risk of thundershowers.

"On Saturday, there's a chance in all three provinces," he says. "As we move into Sunday, the system moves father north and east."

Monday looks to bring an isolated risk of a shower, but overall there will be plenty of sunshine in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

"We're looking at mostly seasonal temperatures, with warmer conditions the further east you go," Cheng adds.


"If you want dry weather this holiday long weekend, B.C. is the place to be," says Cheng. "Vancouver is looking at a nice, dry stretch through Monday."

Conditions in British Columbia's southern Interior are also shaping up to be warm and dry. It's as you move into the central Interior that things become unsettled.

"We have a couple of weak systems going through this weekend, and that could mean showers for some," explains Cheng. "Once the disturbance leaves, we're looking at mostly fair conditions after that."

Wondering what to expect in your local community this weekend? Check out The Weather Network's Labour Day Forecast page. You can also find out what our forecasters are anticipating this autumn in The Weather Network's Fall Outlook 2012.

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