Canada, here is your weather report card for the Labour Day long weekend
Tyler Hamilton Meteorologist
Friday, August 30th 2019, 10:20 am - Only one province received a grade higher than a B.
While children in Canada are preparing to head back to the classroom, The Weather Network has already issued our first weather report card. But, we'll warn you – only a single region in Canada makes the honour roll. Find out if your province received a passing grade, below.
A trough that is approaching the B.C. coast will inhibit you from receiving an 'A,' but for all things considered, the long weekend is shaping up to be more than half decent. For coastal sections, a substantial marine influence will cap temperatures in the low 20s for highs with the threat of passing a passing shower or two and the isolated risk of thunderstorms speckled across the province.
WATCH BELOW: LONG WEEKEND OUTLOOK FOR B.C.
Computer models are building a consensus that the long weekend will feature highs near 30°C in the southern Interior. In fact, you can claim bragging rights for featuring the warmest weather in the country for this region throughout the weekend.
LETTER GRADE: B+
Let's cross the Rocky Mountains in search of that elusive 'A,' but unfortunately, we find a mixed bag with changeable weather conditions across the Prairies. The warmest conditions are relegated to extreme southern areas of Alberta and Saskatchewan, where temperatures will approach the mid-to-upper 20s on Saturday and Sunday. Contrast this with areas like Churchill, Man., which remain locked in the single digits through the entire weekend. In fact, your grade suffers in part because of Manitoba's cooler temperatures and the threat of showers on Monday.
WATCH BELOW: LONG WEEKEND OUTLOOK FOR THE PRAIRIES
In terms of shower and thunderstorm chances, a couple of precipitation waves move across the top of the underwhelming ridge, bringing scattered precipitation, with Sunday looking like the most unsettled for Alberta, while Saskatchewan and Manitoba will have their turn Monday.
On Saturday, we will keep a close eye on areas in southern Alberta, as there is the potential for a few of the storms to reach severe limits in the afternoon and evening hours.
LETTER GRADE: B-
Although a trough will suppress temperatures across the entire province, a weak ribbon of high pressure will dominate the province on Saturday. Passing showers are possible for southern Ontario with a more organized frontal system developing in northwestern Ontario for Sunday before moving into northeastern areas on holiday Monday.
WATCH BELOW: LONG WEEKEND OUTLOOK FOR ONTARIO
Be on the lookout for cool nights, away from urban areas – with single-digit lows featured across northern Ontario, and even in parts of cottage country Saturday night. Temperatures several degrees below seasonal is keeping you from making the honour roll this year, Ontario.
LETTER GRADE: B-
Although temperatures will be below seasonal, as was the case with Ontario, temperatures in southern Quebec will still claw there way into the lower 20s with a beautiful sunshine forecast on Saturday.
WATCH BELOW: LONG WEEKEND OUTLOOK FOR QUEBEC
Sunday features the threat of increasing clouds, but conditions are expected to remain mostly dry for the south. However, the chance for showers arrives for southern areas overnight and into the holiday Monday.
LETTER GRADE: B
Have we saved the top performer for last?
After brushing off a tropical disturbance during the week, mostly sunny skies dominate Saturday along with some residual heat for southern sections of the Maritimes. Temperatures cool a tad for Sunday and Monday, but the period features a high probability of remaining rain-free as a result of a bubble of high pressure.
We are watching a wave of moisture that may affect the region by early next week. At this time, increasing cloud and the threat for showers develops for the Maritimes through the day on Monday.
WATCH BELOW: LONG WEEKEND OUTLOOK FOR ATLANTIC CANADA
For Newfoundland, a weak disturbance pushes across Labrador on Saturday, but the southwesterly wind will allow temperatures inland to soar into the 20s. For Sunday, a building high protects the region, but onshore flow threatens to bring temperatures back down several degrees.
Although temperatures do cool throughout the long weekend, they remain close to seasonal for late August for most areas of Atlantic Canada, so you're granted the highest grade in Canada. Congratulations!
LETTER GRADE: A-
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