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Thanksgiving Forecast Across Canada | CTV News


Thanksgiving weekend weather is looking drastically different depending on where you live in the country. So, can you wear shorts to a pumpkin patch, or will there be snow falling?

Most of the weather expected across the country this long weekend is typical for this time of year, Gerald Cheng, meteorologist in charge of warning preparedness at Environment and Climate Change Canada, told CTVNews.ca during a ‘a telephone interview.

But there are some slight variations, particularly in British Columbia, where temperatures are expected to be mild, he said.

Here’s your guide to Thanksgiving weekend weather, by province and territory.


BRITISH COLUMBIA

In Vancouver and southern British Columbia as a whole, warm and sunny temperatures are expected Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Daily highs will reach around 20°C, with some hazy fog in the morning.

And those temperatures are about six to seven degrees above normal for this region for this time of year, Cheng said.

“Usually as we head into fall, and as we get closer to winter, we have big systems affecting the coast of British Columbia,” Cheng said. Fall is generally wetter in the Vancouver area, and that type of weather is expected to return to the area later this month, he said.

“Right now there is high pressure stopping any kind of precipitation for the Lower Mainland,” he said.

However, there are statements about air quality in the Lower Mainland due to the fires, Cheng said.

British Columbia currently has advisories for East Kootenay (south), Fraser Canyon (south), North Peace River, Similkameen and eastern Fraser Valley.

The forecast for northern British Columbia still includes warmer temperatures with highs of 18 degrees Saturday and Sunday in areas like Fort Nelson. However, on Monday, this region has a 60% chance of rain, according to Environment Canada.

In the Yukon, the capital of Whitehorse will hit highs of 16C on Saturday with a mix of sun and cloud, and rain on Sunday with temperatures dropping slightly to 14C.

Like Vancouver, Calgary is experiencing sunny and warm weather for the weekend with highs of 20-22C, with a mix of sun and cloud, through Monday.


THE PRAIRIES

Like Vancouver, Calgary is experiencing sunny and warm weather for the weekend with highs of 20-22C, with a mix of sun and cloud, through Monday. The “spot to be” for sunshine this week is the southern grasslands, due to a high-pressure system moving through it, and there will be normal temperatures, Cheng said.

Saskatoon, Sask., will reach daily highs of 20-24 C between Saturday and Monday, with a mix of sun and cloud.

Temperatures in Winnipeg will also warm up from Friday, peaking at 16°C on Saturday and up to 19°C on Monday before cooling again midweek. Sun and clouds are also expected.

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ONTARIO AND QUEBEC

In Toronto, there is a slight chance of showers over the weekend, but overall the region will experience normal temperatures and a mix of sun and cloud.

“Our seasonal high is around 15 degrees, so if you look at the forecast for this weekend, we’re not straying too far from that,” Cheng said. The coldest day will be Friday, with the weekend warming slightly for daily highs of 12-15 C between Saturday and Monday.

“It’s a very typical fall day,” Cheng said, referring to the weekend temperatures.

In Ottawa on Saturday, a high of 12°C is expected with a mix of sun and cloud. Sunday and Monday will have similar temperatures, but rain is expected on Sunday.

However, it will be a different story in northern Ontario and Quebec as a cold front moves in over the weekend. Single-digit weather conditions in some areas are expected.

In Timmins, Ontario. on Saturday there is a 50% chance of rain with a daily high of 7°C. The weather will warm up slightly by Monday with sunshine and a high of 11°C.

Montreal’s weather for the weekend will be similar to Toronto’s, with a high of 10°C on Saturday and a mix of sun and cloud.


ATLANTIC

Atlantic provinces are expecting a bleaker Thanksgiving as many are still reeling and without power two weeks after post-tropical storm Fiona tore through the region.

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, on Saturday it is expected to reach a high of 17°C, with a 30% chance of rain, according to Environment Canada. The rain is expected to dissipate by Sunday and give way to sunshine, with a high of 14°C. Similar temperatures are expected on Monday.

Charlottetown, PEI will likely see rain on Saturday, with a high of 14°C. By Sunday, the weather will be sunnier, but temperatures will drop slightly to a high of 13°C and drop to 11°C on Monday.

According to Environment Canada, snow is forecast for Labrador City, NL. Sunday and Monday also have a 40% chance of showers.

Snow in these parts of the country is not unusual for October and is expected, Cheng said.

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