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Mild air invades eastern Canada


Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer
November 8, 2011 — Forget November! It's feeling more like September in parts of eastern Canada this week.


Enjoying mild temperatures along the shores of Lake Ontario
Enjoying mild temperatures along the shores of Lake Ontario

You won't find too many people complaining about the weather conditions in sections of eastern Canada.

After a mainly sunny weekend, parts of Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes experienced daytime highs in the teens on Monday. Petawawa, Ontario was the hot spot of the country at 18.1°C. The average high for this time of year is around 9°C.

Rob Davis is a meteorologist at The Weather Network. He says the balmy temperatures are a result of a few different things.

“The combination of a low in the Prairies and a low in the southern Plains is helping draw warm air northward,” he says. “This strong high pressure, and southwesterly winds, have been dragging these mild temperatures all the way into the Maritimes.”

In fact, many Maritimers were out and about on Monday, making the most of the weather conditions.

“I mean really how can you be cranky with this right?” said one woman on the streets of Moncton. “No, it makes you want to get out and get walking or get out to the nature parks or somewhere just to be outdoors.”

Make the most of the September-like conditions while you can!
Make the most of the September-like conditions while you can!

“I am really enjoying it!” said another man. “It's great to be able to have these warm temperatures during the day and cool nights so you can sleep well.”

While there is some unsettled weather forecast in eastern Canada over the coming days, Davis says temperatures will remain on the mild side.

“It looks like southern and central Ontario and Quebec will continue to have warm weather through Wednesday, before a cold front sweeps through,” he says. “Maritimers can expect mild temperatures through the end of the week. It's won't always be sunny, but it will be comfortable.”

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