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99 per cent of Canada stayed cool in May, here's where it didn't

Wednesday, May 12th 2021, 8:21 am - While most of Canada has been rather cool in May, this surprising city is the only location that has enjoyed above seasonal temperatures so far.

The month of May has seen colder than normal temperatures span across most of the country...everywhere except for one capital city.

And it's not one of the capital cities you may be thinking of.

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To find Canada's only locale that has experienced mild temperatures in the month of May, you have to head north -- to the Far North. It is there where you will discover the remote community of Iqaluit, Nunavut.

May Temp Anomaly

"When most people think of May, they think of flowers from the saying, 'April showers brings May flowers.' But in many places across the country, the flowers came early and the frost came late," says Matt Grinter, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

"Most will remember the first third of May being cool, dreary, rainy, and even snowy. This is true, as most areas across the country have been below seasonal for the first 10 days of the month, except for one place."

Iqa

The average high temperature for Iqaluit has been more than five degrees warmer than normal, with the overnight low temperatures seven degrees warmer than usual.

This has been one of the warmest starts to May for Iqaluit, and the forecast is calling for its temperatures to remain above normal for the foreseeable future, as well.

So, what is responsible for the unseasonable warmth in the city?

Pattern

Grinter says a blocking pattern was in place, allowing for a strong Greenland high pressure to cause cool air to "invade" much of the country. This setup brought in milder air from the Atlantic Ocean and pushed it into most of the eastern Arctic region.

"The pattern for the start of May was similar to some of April, mainly the times when the country was cool and below seasonal," says Grinter.

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