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Atlantic: Return to the rain likely sooner than you wanted

Thursday, June 13th 2019, 5:46 pm - Only a brief chance to dry out across Atlantic Canada as next system looks set to close out the week.

Atlantic Canada will only see a brief period of dry weather Thursday before the rain returns once again to close out the work week. Below seasonal temperatures also accompany the soggy conditions with some areas even setting new record lows for this time of year. More on the timing of the rain, plus the details on when we see some hope for warmth, below.

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WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Somewhat drier for most of Thursday
  • Rain moves into the Maritimes Thursday evening, lasting through Friday
  • Threat for unsettled conditions into the weekend
  • Stay up-to-date on the weather ALERTS in your area

WATCH BELOW: TIMING THE NEXT ROUND OF RAIN

In a spring that has offered very little stretches of dry weather, the next rain-filled pattern setting up should come as no surprise to Atlantic Canada. While much of Thursday will offer a break from the soggy stuff, the rain returns to the region as early as Thursday night.

"And Friday will be a bit of a washout for much of Nova Scotia before more rain moves into western and central Newfoundland for Saturday," says Weather Network meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal, adding that rainfall amounts will likely add up to 20-40 mm through Nova Scotia and PEI, while nearly 30 mm is expected to fall in parts of western Newfoundland before the system departs.

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We're also watching for the threat for even more unsettled weather into the western Maritimes on Sunday, as rain showers spread across the region by Sunday afternoon and evening. This is all while temperatures remain below seasonal, making for a damp and chilly few days.

COOL ENOUGH FOR A FROST THREAT, RECORD LOWS SET

Frost warnings were issued for parts of western Newfoundland and northern Nova Scotia earlier this week with the threat for tumbling temperatures and potential impact on frost-sensitive plants and trees.

In fact, conditions got cool enough late Monday for new record lows to be set in parts of Cape Breton Island and Newfoundland. In Churchill Falls, Nfld., temperatures actually dipped below the freezing mark with a new record of -2.4°C on June 10. For the second day in a row on Tuesday, Sydney, N.S. also set a new record low as temperatures dipped to -0.6°C.

PATIENCE REWARDED WITH SUMMER HEAT

Though Atlantic Canada has struggled to see any consistent warmth this spring, the slower start will eventually give way to more favourable summer conditions.

"We expect that warmer than normal temperatures will dominate during July and August across the southern Maritimes with near normal temperatures expected elsewhere," says Weather Network meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham in the official 2019 Summer Forecast revealed last month, adding that coastline areas will often be cooler with a higher than normal potential for fog.

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