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A not-so-ideal forecast for Moms across Canada on Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9th 2021, 9:19 am - Don't plan on giving Mom the gift of weather on Mother's Day. Most places across Canada will see temperatures more typical of April.

With Mother's Day here, what does Canada's weather have in store?

Taking a look across the country, one thing that most of Canada will have in common will be temperatures on the cooler side of spring. In fact, for most places east of the Rockies, it'll be feeling more like April (only parts of the Far North territories will be at or above seasonal).

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As for the skies, not everyone can expect a rain-free day. Read on for more.


Far from being a rainy spring for the Prairies, the region has so far had the opposite problem: Long-lasting drought conditions that have left most places well below their seasonal norms.

Though farmers will be happy with this weekend, the timing isn't the greatest for Mother's Day. A system that crossed the Rockies will bring lingering showers into Sunday for some areas, with 5 mm or less left to fall.

Rain, and even wet snow, are likely across southern Alberta, where some places woke up to a white Mother's Day after a coating of wet snow. The wet snow should remain west of the Calgary area, however.


This much-needed moisture will not quite reach Saskatchewan or Manitoba. Both provinces remain dry with plenty of sunshine, and temperatures in the mid-teens as high pressure dominates Sunday.

"But the best weather for Mother’s Day will be from northern Alberta to central and southern and central Saskatchewan including Fort McMurray, Saskatoon, and Regina with temperatures in the mid-teens and even into the upper teens for the Fort McMurray area, which will likely be the warmest weather across Canada," says Dr. Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

As Alberta takes on the moisture, a lack of it will be the story in British Columbia -- as Sunday will feature sunshine and daytime highs of 16°C throughout the Lower Mainland.

Temperatures, though on the cooler side, will be below seasonal elsewhere in Canada.


Mother's Day will remain below seasonal in southern Ontario but the good news is that it will narrowly escape impacts from a low passing stateside through Ohio.

However, there is some rain for northern and eastern ontario areas, extending into Quebec. It may also be accompanied by some rumbles of thunder.


In Atlantic Canada, the region is midway through a stormy pattern at the moment.

Effects from the latest system will be winding down Sunday, with most of the rain impacts pushing through Newfoundland. The eastern Maritimes will just see some light drizzle before it moves out.


Across the Gulf, Newfoundland will see lingering showers heading into the afternoon hours and could see an additional 5-15 mm before the system fizzles.

On the bright side, a warm southerly flow will give Halifax, N.S. the chance to be one of the warmest cities in Atlantic Canada on Mother's Day, potentially reaching 13°C by Sunday afternoon. St. John's may hit 11°C.

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