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Get ready for back to school, Canada!

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    Friday, August 30, 2013, 8:12 PM -

    Parents and students are getting ready to head back to school. Here's a glimpse into what the first day back may look like.

    Much of western Canada will enjoy summer-like temperatures for Tuesday. 

    The Prairies are looking dry, but the risk of showers is in place across southern BC.

    Cooler and drier air arrives in southern Ontario just in time for Back-to-School, while the rain, thunderstorms, and muggy air push into the Maritimes.

    Newfoundland will experience chilly morning temperatures, with rain moving in through the day.

    Backpack essentials

    In additional to books, pencils, pens and erasers, here are a few things that keep students ready for anything mother nature decides to throw at them:

    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Extra socks 
    • An umbrella

    What to expect on the roads

    Commuters should prepare for extra traffic on the roads this Tuesday as teachers, parents and students fall back into a routine.

    "There's a lot happening simultaneously in a school zone, so the drivers of cars have to slow their speed and watch out for the child that isn't looking out for them," warns Sergeant Jack West with the Toronto Police. "Quite often the pedestrian may see the driver in the car, but that doesn't mean the driver necessarily sees them because of the climate, the weather or a fogged up window."

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    As the school year moves along, meteorologists at The Weather Network say fall is a transitional season with temperature swings and fluctuating precipitation patterns. As a result, pedestrians should make it a priority to be visible at all times.

    "I would suggest that you buy objects that you can hang on your outer coat or backpack that are reflective," says West.

    It's also important to abide by the traffic rules, especially while riding a bike to and from school.

    "Stop at stop signs and make sure that you have a light on your bike. A white or amber light to the front, and a red reflector to the rear," adds West.

    For a closer look at the daily conditions in your area, head to the School Day forecast page.

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