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Wild winds across Atlantic Canada

Bundle up, because it'll be chilly and breezy across Atlantic Canada on Saturday.
Bundle up, because it'll be chilly and breezy across Atlantic Canada on Saturday.

Jill Colton, staff writer

October 23, 2010 — It's certainly looking like October across Atlantic Canada. Gusty winds and scattered showers are expected for the East Coast on Saturday, but conditions will improve for Sunday.

Peak wind gusts from Friday.
Peak wind gusts from Friday.

It's that time of the season.

It was a breezy day across Atlantic Canada on Friday to say the least. “On Friday, we had an area of high pressure over southern Ontario and an upper low over Atlantic Canada. This creates a strong pressure gradient, which results in strong gusty winds,” explains Michelle Cassar, a meteorologist with The Weather Network. Argentia was windy with peak gusts at 83 km/h and St. Paul Island was recorded at 78 km/h.

It was also a wet day for residents. A series of low pressure systems have been soaking the provinces since Thursday and Friday was no exception. Nearly 20 mm fell across parts of the region.

Blustery conditions expected for Saturday.
Blustery conditions expected for Saturday.

For Saturday, conditions will continue to be breezy. “The surface low in Labrador is creating the strong winds out of the northwest and sea-effect showers,” notes Brian Dillon, another meteorologist here at The Weather Network.

The gusts will mainly be felt throughout the Gulf region with peak gusts expected to blow in around 80 km/h. Scattered rains will also be prevalent with some communities seeing up to 20 mm. The heaviest bands will likely fall in Quebec's Gaspe region, PEI, Cape Breton and western Newfoundland. Meanwhile, winter is arriving early for parts of Labrador as a rain-snow mix is in the forecast.

With the wind and the rain temperatures will also be cooling, so make sure to bundle up. “Come Saturday though, temperatures will be dipping to more seasonal values.”

The good news is that calmer weather is on the horizon. By Sunday, the rain will trail off and the winds will die down, leaving a mild day.

Tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where the National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison and Andrea Stockton.

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