Andrea Stockton, staff writer
May 19, 2011 — It's been days since Maritimers have seen a sign of sunshine in the sky. It shone down on residents on Thursday, lifting spirits and lightening moods.
Dark, cool and rainy weather can certainly impact a person's mood . In fact, one in six Canadians suffer from seasonal affective disorder, or SAD.
And while a break in the clouds and the return of sunshine may not seem like a big deal to some, clear conditions can help lift spirits for a lot of people.
“All smiles today, beautiful weather,” said one Maritimer on Thursday.
The Maritime provinces have been dealing with heavy rain for the past several days and when conditions began to clear on Thursday, residents flocked outdoors.
“It's just so nice to see the sun because everyone was so cranky and we are looking forward to cottage weather and getting out and enjoying the sun,” said another resident in Moncton, New Brunswick.
“Unfortunately, the favourable conditions will be pretty short-lived,” warns Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Showers will move back in on Friday and are set to persist through the weekend. The good news is, conditions will clear once again for the start of the work week.”
The wet weather is also having a devastating impact on farm fields in the area. Farmers are at least three weeks behind schedule and are waiting for several consecutive days of warm, dry weather.