The Weather Network Delivers Spring Outlook for Canada

Near normal to above average temperatures expected across most of Canada

OAKVILLE, ON, March 5, 2013 /CNW/ - The Weather Network's meteorologists have been hard at work forecasting their outlook for the months of March, April and May. Most of Canada, with the exception of British Columbia, can expect near normal to above average temperatures this spring. Much of B.C. will experience a slower start to spring, with below normal temperatures expected.

While temperatures are predicted to be above normal across parts of the country, Canadians east of the Rocky Mountains should not expect the record-setting warmth experienced last spring.

"Canadians typically find themselves riding a rollercoaster of weather conditions at the start of spring which means there's still the potential for wintry surprises in March across most parts of the country," said Chris Scott, Director of Meteorology for The Weather Network. "It's unlikely we'll experience the all-time record high temperatures of last March, but Canadians can always count on extra daylight hours and the increased intensity of the sun that comes with the arrival of spring."

When will Spring spring?
Weather forecasts for the next two weeks are typical for the start of spring, with dramatic swings in temperature expected.  After a chilly first weekend of March for much of the country, a tease of warmer weather will spread across many regions this upcoming weekend only to be followed by a return to cold air next week.

The Weather Network: Spring 2013 Forecast
Region Temperature outlook Precipitation outlook

British Columbia

Below normal for most.  Near normal for
extreme northern B.C., the Queen
Charlottes and much of Vancouver
Island's west coast.
Below normal for central interior B.C.
out to the Central Coast and portions of
the North Coast and the Queen
Charlottes.  Near normal elsewhere.
Alberta Below normal for northern Alberta. Near
normal elsewhere.
Above normal along the central
Saskatchewan border.  Near normal
elsewhere.

Saskatchewan

Below normal for west-central
Saskatchewan. Near normal conditions elsewhere.
Above normal for northern sections and
across the western half except for the
southwest which will be near normal
along with most of the east.

Manitoba

Near normal for all areas. Above normal for south-central and
south-east portions.  Near normal elsewhere.

Ontario

Above normal for southeastern parts of
northeast Ontario, all of eastern Ontario
and most of southern Ontario.  Near
normal elsewhere.
Above normal for southern parts of
northwestern Ontario and adjacent
Manitoba borderlands.  Above normal
in extreme southwest Ontario.  Near
normal elsewhere.

Québec

Above normal for most areas.  Near
normal around the Hudson Bay lowlands
and much of Ungava Bay.
Near normal.
The Maritimes and
Newfoundland
Above normal in New Brunswick, the Bay
of Fundy, western P.E.I., eastern
Newfoundland and most of Labrador.
Near normal elsewhere.
Near normal.
Yukon, Northwest
Territories,
Nunavut
Below normal for much of the southwest
part of the N.W.T.  Above normal for the
central swath of Nunavut. Near normal
elsewhere.
Above normal in the southeastern
N.W.T. and bordering Nunavut as well
as central Baffin Island.  Near normal
elsewhere.

The Weather Network's Spring Outlook is now online www.theweathernetwork.com/outlook

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SOURCE: The Weather Network

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For further information, maps or to arrange an interview with a meteorologist, please contact:

Stuart Terry
High Road Communications for The Weather Network
416-644-1376 Stuart.Terry@highroad.com


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