A Slow Warm Up to Spring for Most of the Country



    OAKVILLE, ON, March 1 /CNW/ - Winter began with mild conditions, but
transitioned to near or below seasonal values by mid winter. Below normal
temperatures will continue to dominate the country for the spring. Canadians
hoping for warmer temperatures in early spring will have to wait a while
longer.
    The latest reports are indicating a cooling trend of the equatorial sea
surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. If the cooling trend continues, it
will lead to a weakening of the current El Nino. As a result of the weakening
El Nino, there will be an increase in westerly and northwesterly low level
winds across Canada. These winds will allow cold arctic air to penetrate into
southern parts of the country, which will keep temperatures at or below normal
for the next several months.

    
    Following is a look at what Canadians can expect this spring:

    -   Much of British Columbia can expect near normal precipitation this
        spring with the exception of northern coastal regions where wetter
        than normal conditions will dominate. Temperatures are expected to be
        near normal for northern and southern regions of the province with
        central portions of the province experiencing below normal
        temperatures.
    -   Near normal precipitation will dominate the Prairie provinces,
        however, Northern Manitoba can expect below normal precipitation
        while southern areas of the province can expect above normal
        precipitation.
    -   The majority of Ontario will see below normal temperatures and near
        normal precipitation this spring with the exception of northwestern
        parts of the province where above normal precipitation is expected.
    -   Below normal temperatures will dominate the province of Quebec. Most
        of the province can expect near normal precipitation with the
        exception of extreme northern areas of the province where
        precipitation is expected to be below normal.
    -   Most of the Atlantic provinces can expect near normal temperatures
        with the exception of Labrador where below normal temperatures will
        dominate. New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island can look forward to
        near normal precipitation this spring. Nova Scotia and parts of
        Newfoundland and Labrador can expect above normal precipitation.

    Watch The Weather Network on cable and satellite services beginning
March 1st for spring forecast reports including national temperature and
precipitation maps or visit theweathernetwork.com.

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                 The Weather Network's Spring 2007 Forecast
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    Region             Temperature outlook          Precipitation outlook
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    British Columbia   Slightly below normal for    Near normal for much
                       interior British Columbia.   of the province. Above
                       Near normal along the coast  normal for central
                       and northern parts of the    coastal British Columbia.
                       province.
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    Alberta            Near normal for northern     Near normal throughout
                       Alberta. Expect below        the province.
                       normal temperatures for
                       central and southern
                       regions of the province.
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    Saskatchewan       Near normal for the          Near normal throughout
                       northern half of the         the province.
                       province. Below normal for
                       central and southern
                       regions.
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    Manitoba           Near normal across the       Near normal across most
                       northern and central parts   of northern parts of the
                       of the province. Below       province, with the
                       normal across southern       exception of the
                       parts of the province.       northeast where below
                                                    normal precipitation
                                                    is expected. Wetter than
                                                    normal for southern
                                                    parts of the province.
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    Ontario            Below normal across most     Near normal across the
                       of the province. Near        province with the
                       normal for the extreme       exception of northwestern
                       northwest and southwest      parts of the province.
                       parts of the province.
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    Québec             Below normal across the      Near normal across the
                       province.                    province except for
                                                    extreme northern parts
                                                    of the province.
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    The Maritimes      Near normal across the       Near normal for most
     and Newfoundland  region, except for Labrador  parts of the region with
     and Labrador      where below normal           the exception of Nova
                       temperatures will dominate.  Scotia and the eastern
                                                    half of Newfoundland &
                                                    Labrador where above
                                                    normal precipitation
                                                    is expected.
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    Yukon, Northwest   Above normal for the         Below normal for central
     Territories,      Northwest Territories.       regions of the Northwest
     Nunavut           Near normal for parts of     Territories. Near normal
                       Yukon and Nunavut.           elsewhere with the
                                                    exception of central and
                                                    southern Nunavut where
                                                    below normal
                                                    precipitation is
                                                    expected.
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