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St. Patrick's Day and the Weather


A snapshot of the weather conditions expected across Canada today. Click the image for a look at St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world
A snapshot of the weather conditions expected across Canada today. Click the image for a look at St. Patrick's Day celebrations around the world

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

March 17, 2011 — Canadians are getting in touch with their Irish side in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. What's in store when it comes to the weather?

A Shamrock Snowman in Sudbury, Ontario
A Shamrock Snowman in Sudbury, Ontario

Today, people across Canada and around the world are celebrating St. Patrick's Day. And when it comes to the weather, some appear to have the luck of the Irish on their side.

“It's going to be a great St. Patrick's Day in southern Ontario and parts of Quebec,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Between the sunny periods and double digit temperatures, I suspect that patios will be busy today.”

In parts of southwestern Ontario, temperatures are expected to climb into the teens this afternoon. Double-digit highs are forecast in other parts of the province, as well.

“For the most part, we're looking at a mix of sun and clouds across the province, with showers moving in late-day and into the overnight,” explains Davis. “Shouldn't be enough to hamper any plans.”

In Atlantic Canada, Maritimers can expect a mix of sun and clouds, along with some breezy conditions. The weather won't be as ideal in Newfoundland, though.

“We could get some rain and drizzle throughout the day, ahead of a storm system that's expected to come in late tonight,” says Davis. “Watches and warnings have already been issued by Environment Canada.”

A onlooker enjoys the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto, Ontario
A onlooker enjoys the annual St. Patrick's Day parade in Toronto, Ontario

For people living in Newfoundland, St. Patrick's Day is often related to the weather legend of Sheila's Brush. The storm that's expected on Friday could be given that title.

Meanwhile, in the eastern Prairies and northwestern Ontario, some people could be spending the day shovelling. An Alberta Clipper is sweeping across the provinces, and could bring a combination of snow, rain and freezing rain to some communities.

Still, overall, Davis says today will be a better day for Alberta and Saskatchewan.

“We're looking at more clouds than sun, but little in the way of precipitation,” he says. “It's a similar story in British Columbia, although we may have some isolated showers along the coast.”

For a closer look at the weather conditions expected in your area, be sure to check our St. Patrick's Day Forecast.

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