The national weather agency is calling for a warmer and drier than usual spring season, but cautioning Nova Scotians to keep the snow shovel handy a little while longer.
Environment Canada has released its latest three-month outlook, showing a trend of higher temperatures and lower precipitation than normal for most of Atlantic Canada
“You had a warm fall, you had a warm summer, you had a warm spring last year, warm winter last year, I mean you’re on the roll here!” said senior meterologist David Phillips.
However, Phillips said it’s likely too soon to pack away winter gear and start swapping snow tires.
“On average, after March 1, you get about 65 centimetres of snow and that represents almost 30 per cent of your annual snowfall,” he said.
Phillips said it’s unlikely that this month will be quite as balmy as March 2012, when Bluenosers experienced warmer temperatures at home than they did in
March Break getaway destinations – but he said all forecasts seem to agree on the mild, dry trend in store.
He said the spring-like weather begins this week, with sunshine and temperatures about five degrees above normal.
“Those people who say, ‘We’ve had a great fall and an easy kind of winter, we’re going to pay for it,’ no! What you see is what you’re going to get,” he said. — Metro Halifax