While meteorologists at The Weather Network are predicting near normal spring conditions for most of Canada, some regions can expect patterns that fall outside of normal averages. Much of Western Canada will be cooler than normal. In the east, from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland below normal precipitation amounts are expected. See our breakdown by region below.
The persistence of La Niña (although it is weakening) will tend to bring cold, dry arctic air through B.C., which will result in lower than normal temperatures province-wide. La Niña also influences the Pacific jet stream, which will likely bring in more precipitation than normal to south coastal areas and the lower mainland.
Alberta and Saskatchewan
Typical spring temperatures and precipitation can be expected for these provinces with the exception of western Alberta, where the cold pattern expected to dominate B.C. will extend east.
While temperatures for Manitoba will be near normal, the southern part of the province will be wetter than usual for the season, especially the southeast. The rest of the province should see normal precipitation amounts.
With normal spring temperatures expected for the entire province, much of Ontario should see above normal precipitation amounts, thanks to an active weather season expected for the U.S., which will see more storms track into the Great Lakes basin than usual.
Temperatures are predicted to be near normal for the province. Wetter than normal conditions are expected for the area close to the north and central Ontario border, and dryer than normal conditions are expected in the far north. Other regions should see near normal precipitation amounts, although they could be slightly above average in the Upper St. Lawrence Valley including Montreal.
Conditions include near normal temperatures for the majority of the region, with the exception of a few coastal areas including Cape Breton and the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland where milder temperatures are expected. Precipitation will be near normal across New Brunswick, Labrador and the western tip of P.E.I., and drier than normal for eastern P.E.I., Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
Below normal temperatures are forecast for the Yukon and southwest regions of the N.W.T., and above normal temperatures for north and central Nunavut. Elsewhere will be near normal. Precipitation amounts are expected to be below normal in the Yukon, N.W.T., and central and most of eastern Nunavut, with near normal amounts elsewhere.
|City||Temperature Forecast||Precipitation Forecast||Average temperatures||Average Precipitation|
|Vancouver||Below normal||Above normal||High 13|
|Calgary||Below normal||Near normal||High 10|
|Edmonton||Below normal||Near normal||High 10|
|Regina||Near normal||Near normal||High 10|
|Saskatoon||Near normal||Near normal||High 9|
|Winnipeg||Near normal||Above normal||High 10|
|Thunder Bay||Near normal||Above normal||High 9|
|Ottawa||Near normal||Near normal||High 11|
|Toronto||Near normal||Near normal||High 12|
|Montreal||Near normal||Near normal||High 11|
|Fredericton||Near normal||Near normal||High 10|
|Charlottetown||Near normal||Below normal||High 7|
|Halifax||Near normal||Below normal||High 9|
|St. John's||Above normal||Below normal||High 6|
|Iqaluit||Near normal||Below normal||High -10|
|Yellowknife||Below normal||Below normal||High 0|
|Whitehorse||Below normal||Below normal||High 6|