Make sure to enjoy the last few remaining warm weeks of the year, because the Old Farmer’s Almanac has released its annual long-range winter weather predictions for Canada, and it’s going to be bitterly cold this year.
According to the website, its long-range predictions show weather trends in temperatures and precipitation. Their famous predictions are usually made 18 months in advance and are traditionally 80% accurate.
So if you’re planning ahead for winter, here’s what to expect in some of the major cities across Canada.
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We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but winter will be “colder than normal” on the west coast this year, with above-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall. You can expect the coldest periods to occur in mid-December through late February, with the snowiest period set to happen in late December, early to mid-January, and early February. But luckily relief from the cold will arrive in April, with temperatures expected to be slightly warmer than normal.
Calgarians will be happy to know that winter temperatures will be slightly higher than normal this year, on average, with above-normal precipitation expected. The coldest periods will occur in early January through April, and snowfall amounts are expected to be below normal in the west this year and above normal elsewhere. The snowiest periods will begin in mid-November and will last through February, and from late March into early April.
Torontonians can look forward to above normal temperatures and precipitation and snowfall amounts this winter. The cold temperatures will begin to creep in around mid-to-late November, and again in January, early-to-mid February, and early March. The snow will return this year, with the snowiest periods expected in early-mid-December through early March. However, April and May will be warmer than normal this year, with precipitation above normal in the east and below normal in the west.
This winter, temperatures are expected to be near normal in the east and above normal in the west, with the coldest periods expected to arrive in mid-December and last through February. While precipitation levels are forecast to be above normal this winter, snowfall will be generally below normal, with the snowiest periods expected to begin in late November. April and May will be colder than normal in the east, yet warmer in the west.
So yes, enjoy the sun, soak up that heat, because, in a few weeks time, winter will be here making you miss these warm August days.