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MAY LONG WEEKEND | Outlook

The only THREE maps you'll need for Victoria Day


Dr. Doug Gillham
Meteorologist, PhD

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 4:15 PM - The Victoria Day weekend is the long awaited, unofficial start to summer for many Canadians. However, despite this designation, we can all remember years when the weather during the May long weekend was anything but summer-like. In fact, most can remember years when it felt and even looked more like winter.

So, what can we expect this year? A taste of summer or a reminder of winter? Read on to find out what's in store for your region.

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NOTABLE FORECAST FACT

As we look at the forecast map for Victoria Day, what really stands out is the lack of active weather across Canada. There will be some unsettled weather for parts of northern Quebec, Labrador, the North Coast of British Columbia and southeastern parts of the Yukon, but otherwise most of Canada will have fair weather on Monday.

BRITISH COLUMBIA AND THE PRAIRIES

The long weekend will feature a warming trend across the Prairies, with a return to summer-like temperatures. British Columbia will remain warm through the weekend.

ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

From southern Ontario to Quebec, we will continue to watch the timing of a front that is expected to track across these regions during Sunday, bringing a period of showers. However, at this point we are cautiously optimistic that this front will be well south of the border by Monday, allowing some sunshine to return. 

ATLANTIC CANADA

Across Atlantic Canada, the slow-moving front mentioned above will find itself over the region on Monday, leaving the threat for showers. It will not be quite as warm across Eastern Canada as the western parts of the country, but high temperatures across the region will be within a few degrees of seasonal on Monday.

While it may not be quite the taste of summer that many have been hoping for, it will certainly be much warmer than what we saw just a few weeks ago, and warmer than many of the May long weekends that we remember all too well.

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