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Canada: Some "trouble spots" worth watching this long weekend

Friday, August 2nd 2019, 8:50 am - We see some obvious "winners" for this August long weekend forecast, but with a few areas to watch for possible weather interruptions in between.

The August long weekend is here and much of Canada is ready to soak up this second to last summer holiday. Will the weather take the weekend off or will some areas be left contending with any pesky interruptions? We have the latest on the weather forecast for the next few days and the trouble spots we're watching that may throw a curve ball in your weekend plans.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Congratulations, you're in the running for the most improved long weekend from start to finish. Don't judge the forecast looking out your office window on Friday. Although lingering showers are expected through Central B.C. on Saturday, the south dries up nicely, but with a thunderstorm risk persisting for northwestern parts of the province. By Sunday and Monday, a protective ridge bubbles up over the entire province, promising warming temperatures into the low 30's for most inland and even coastal sections of the province.

LW BC

PRAIRIES

If you plan on traveling on Friday, special care must be taken for the threat of severe thunderstorms in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The biggest ridge on the continent in centered over Saskatchewan and Manitoba on Saturday, pushing temperatures into the low 30's as the thunderstorm risk migrates into the eastern Prairies. That's while much cooler air filters into central Alberta, dropping temperatures back to seasonal values. For Sunday, a trough will flush out the hot air out of the majority of Saskatchewan and by the holiday Monday, the entire Prairies are knocked down to the mid-to-upper 20s. With the trough moving through, the risk of severe thunderstorms is heightened through the first half of the long weekend, so check back for updates.

LW PR

ONTARIO

The Ontario paradox: temperatures will be warmer for parts of northwestern Ontario than southern Ontario, especially on Saturday. But, the pattern features plenty of northwest flow keeping humidex values contained in the lower 30's - comfortable for most. Shower and thunderstorm chances remain fairly isolated through the weekend, but a couple passing fronts out of the northwest will inevitably spark some showers and thunderstorms at times, especially for northwestern Ontario during the second half of the weekend.

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LW ON

QUEBEC

This might be the shortest blurb, but that's a good thing - your weather is expected to be some of the most consistent of the long weekend. After the passage of a front on Saturday bringing isolated showers and thunderstorms, you're looking at mighty fine weather with temperatures close to seasonal Sunday and Monday. Bonus, the humidity will be kept at bay so you'll be in store for a very comfortable weekend.

LW QC

ATLANTIC CANADA

Something for everyone this upcoming long weekend. Saturday will feature heat and temperatures into the upper 20's for inland sections ahead of a front system expected to bring showers and thunderstorms to parts of New Brunswick. Rounds of rain showers are expected for Newfoundland on both Sunday and Monday, compliments of an upper level low. Temperatures will also tumble back to seasonal across the region for both Sunday and Monday.

LW ATL

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