People who are sick of winter and can't wait for warm and sunny conditions to return have probably been counting down the days until the change in season. However, they might have to wait for there to be a complete thaw. Canada's spring forecast for 2020 is finally here but most of the country won't get into the warm weather right away. It's going to be a slow bloom, folks.
Spring is almost here, getting closer with each passing day, but just because the season changes doesn't mean that the weather immediately follows suit.
The Weather Network released its spring forecast on February 26 and it turns out that most Canadians will have to wait for consistently warm temperatures to arrive.
"Spring will tease us at times with periods of warm weather, but the warmth will lack consistency across most of Canada," said Chris Scott, The Weather Network's chief meteorologist, in a news release.
"This spring will bring a heightened risk for several weeks of colder than normal weather, even for regions that will see average temperatures for the season overall. In addition, large parts of the country will have a wet spring," he said.
So you might not want to break out the shorts and t-shirts as soon as the calendar hits March 19.
When it comes to the season overall, the country is split between above normal, slightly above normal, near-normal, slightly below normal and below normal temperatures.
In terms of precipitation, most of the country can expect near-normal amounts except for a few pockets that could get more than the usual.
Here's how the spring forecast breaks down across every region in Canada.
In B.C., above-normal temperatures are expected along the province's western edge while the rest could get just slightly above normal.
When it comes to precipitation, the entire province will be near-normal.
According to The Weather Network, the season will start off slowly and inconsistently with periods of weather that are colder than normal in March and into early April.
The western and southern parts of the province could see temperatures that are warmer than usual when looking at the season as a whole. The eastern parts will be close to normal.
All parts of the province are in for the usual amount of precipitation. However, the above-normal snow depths on the Rockies could mean a risk of spring flooding.
Saskatchewan is in for a pretty normal spring when it comes to temperature and precipitation. The only outlier is a pocket of wetter than usual weather near the U.S. border.
Winter could take a few last parting shots at the province and the rest of the Prairies before the season gets into full swing.
Southern parts of the province can expect temperatures that are right around seasonal when spring gets consistent. However, areas to the north could get slightly colder than usual conditions with the areas along Hudson's Bay at below normal.
Along the U.S. border and up to Winnipeg, above-normal precipitation is expected for the season.
An unusually strong polar vortex will make spring interesting up north and keep conditions chilly well into the season, especially in Nunavut.
Despite that, most of Yukon and some parts of the Northwest Territories are expected to see slightly above normal temperatures for the season.
Western parts of Yukon, along the Alaska border, could get more precipitation than usual while the rest of the territories will be near normal.
The northern parts of Ontario, near Hudson's Bay, could see temperatures below normal throughout the season. The further south you go, the closer to normal it gets.
However, several weeks of colder than normal weather are expected across the province before the consistent warmth sets in.
Make sure to have umbrellas at the ready because southern and eastern parts of the province are expected to get more precipitation than usual thanks to an active storm track.
According to The Weather Network, that could mean a greater risk for spring flooding along the shores of the Great Lakes.
In Quebec, southern and eastern parts could get near-normal temperatures when the consistency of the season arrives while the northern and eastern parts will be colder than usual.
Before the real warm weather sets in, there will be times when it gets colder than normal for weeks.
Only the southern parts of the province are expected to get more precipitation than usual because of the storm track.
The Maritimes and Newfoundland & Labrador
Each province in this region is expected to see temperatures near normal for the time of year, which includes some typical swings between cold and warm weather.
For the season, an active storm track will bring more precipitation than usual to parts of the region like New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
Newfoundland & Labrador are expected to be near normal when it comes to precipitation.
The Old Farmer's Almanac also predicted wetter than normal conditions for parts of Canada this spring and a slow start to warm weather.