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WHAT'S NEXT?

The roller coaster continues as it did in December and the beginning of January. The next two weeks will bring, once again, an up and down temperature trend. The end of December and beginning of January proved to contain frigid temperatures from the Canadian Prairies through to eastern Canada. The only provinces spared from the bitter cold was British Columbia and portions of southern Alberta.

Temperature anomalies from Christmas Day through to January 6, 2014 illustrating the frigid cold over the Arctic, Prairies and eastern Canada.

Temperature anomalies from Christmas Day through to January 6, 2014 illustrating the frigid cold over the Arctic, Prairies and eastern Canada.

Temperatures are on the rise as we get a small reprieve from the bitter, winter cold. Warmer air will flood its way north from the Gulf of Mexico leaving Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada above normal through the weekend and early next week. Mild Pacific air will keep the southern Prairies slightly above normal as well.

Via WxBell: Canadian ensemble illustrating temperature anomalies (how much above or below normal) over this weekend.

Via WxBell: Canadian ensemble illustrating temperature anomalies (how much above or below normal) over this weekend.

This is but a small respite as cold air will make its way back in. I mean, it is January in Canada, right?

Below shows the cold temperatures return at the end of next week with well below normal temperatures moving back in to the previously affected areas and the west coast temperatures on the rise. A large ridge in the jet stream is being hinted at by several long range models leading to the warm up on the western coast and Alberta. A large trough will move over eastern Canada opening up the cold flood gates once again.

Canadian ensemble illustrating temperature anomalies (how much above or below normal) at the end of next week and weekend.

Canadian ensemble illustrating temperature anomalies (how much above or below normal) at the end of next week and weekend.

READ MORE: WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR EASTERN AND WESTERN CANADA?


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