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Atlantic: Spring-like temperatures ahead could challenge records

Saturday, December 7th 2019, 8:34 pm - Snow squalls for the weekend give way to spring-like temperatures in Atlantic Canada

Atlantic Canada will see an end to show squalls by Sunday morning, but Monday sees the return of unsettled weather, in the form of rain that will be heavy for people in Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick -- though in the form of warmer temperatures. More details, below.

Visit our Complete Guide to Winter 2019/2020 for an in depth look at the Winter Forecast, tips to plan for it and a sneak peek at the spring season next year


  • Last of the snow squalls ends Sunday morning
  • Showers across most of the region Monday into Tuesday
  • Big temperature boost by the middle of next week
  • Stay up-to-date on the ALERTS in your area


The system that brought parts of southern Ontario to a standstill for Friday morning's commute rolled over Atlantic Canada Saturday, triggering a few rounds of at-times intense snow squalls.

The hardest-hit places have been along the shores of western Newfoundland and in Cape Breton Island, with maximum wind gusts of 60 km/h making for blowing snow.

The snow will largely be done by Sunday morning for the region, though another system takes aim early next week.

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After a brief break, Monday sees the return of unsettled conditions, bringing shower to most of the Atlantic provinces, and snow for Labrador.

The heaviest rainfall is most likely for Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick, with up to 50 mm possible, as well as southwestern Newfoundland.

Atlantic Rain

The upside: Well above-seasonal temperatures follow on the system's heels. Daytime highs will edge toward record territory for much of the Maritimes on Tuesday as temperatures creep into the double digits, with the warmth reaching Newfoundland for Wednesday.

"Some may even climb into the lower teens," adds meteorologist Dr. Doug Gillham. "A daytime high of 13°C is possible for St. John's, Newfoundland on Wednesday."


Don't get too comfortable with these mild and spring-like conditions, however. Temperatures turn much colder by the end of next week, with the potential for a system to bring more snow across the region.

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