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A battle for spring weather across the country

May 31, 2010 — Snow in the Prairies and record heat in Ontario. It's quite the contrast for spring conditions. In the short video to the left, The Weather Network's Kelly Noseworthy takes a look at the difference in weather.

As we inch closer and closer to the official start of summer, there's been quite the contrast in terms of the conditions across the country this spring. Especially this past weekend in particular.

While residents in Ontario were basking in July-like heat, Albertans were busy digging out of the snow. Around 5cm fell in Calgary, while Edmonton saw closer to 9cm.

Meteorologists at The Weather Network say snow in May isn't completely unusual, but the amount that fell is pretty rare. Meanwhile, it's the precipitation that Ontario has been lacking this spring.

To put that into perspective, several places in northern Ontario have seen less than half the normal rainfall amount from March until now. By this time of year, Sudbury in particular usually sees over 200mm of rain and so far, only about 77mm has fallen. Ottawa is another spot that is well below the normal precipitation mark.

Instead of using umbrellas for rain, Ontarians have been needing it for shade. The past week across the province has been a scorcher with temperatures hovering around 30 degrees.

Relief is on the way for everyone though. Temperatures are expected to dip back into more seasonal values in Ontario this week and things will start to warm up in Alberta.

For more details on what the weather will be like this summer, take a look at our 2010 Summer Outlook.

And for the latest details on the current weather in your area, tune into The Weather Network on TV. Your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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