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On anniversary of 60-plus cm of snow, Newfoundland is national hot spot

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Friday, May 16, 2014, 11:24 AM - And the winner for the nicest long weekend forecast goes to...Newfoundland!

After a relentless, punishing and what seemed to be a never ending winter across the province, Newfoundlanders now have some bragging rights.

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"In terms of the weekend weather forecast for the country, it's looking like parts of Newfoundland could see some of the nicest conditions," says Weather Network meteorologist Doug Gillham.

Places like Gander for example will see temperatures climb to 20°C on Friday and Saturday, feeling even warmer with the humidex.

"Friday is a beautiful day in Atlantic Canada with above seasonal temperatures especially in Newfoundland," adds Monica Vaswani, another meteorologist at The Weather Network. "That trend continues on Saturday although temperatures in some places will be slightly cooler."

Most places across the country will remain below seasonal and will have a tough time reaching, or even coming close to, the 20 degree mark.

"The northwesterly flow of air will bring rather chilly temperatures to the Prairies and Ontario," Gillham says. "The weather forecast in parts of Newfoundland this weekend will knock out other major cities like Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto."

According to Gillham, over 60 cm of snow was recorded in some Newfoundland communities at this same time last year.

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