Canada

So long, summer — tomorrow marks the 1st day of fall

Even though it may not feel like it in parts of Canada, summer is officially coming to an end. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn.

'In a way it was too much summer,' Environment Canada climatologist says

Fall colours like these ones, seen in Quebec in 2014, are just around the corner. Environment Canada climatologist Dave Phillips says it's expected to be a warm one. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press)

Even though it may not feel like it in parts of Canada, summer is officially coming to an end. Tomorrow is the first day of autumn.

But Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips says that doesn't mean we should write the obituary for summer just yet — especially not in Eastern Canada.

He predicts the fall will be warmer than normal, in part because of the "excruciatingly" hot summer.

"In a way it was too much summer," says Phillips, adding that in many parts of Ontario, the number of days above 30 C was "well above 30 days."

Dry wells and worries about crops are common right now on the south shore of Nova Scotia, where dry weather has been causing concern. (Stephanie Blanchet/Radio-Canada)

"Last year we had maybe four or five of those days. So it really was the summer of summers here in the east."

Phillips says it was also drier than normal in parts of the east. He points out there are still very dry conditions in southwestern Nova Scotia.

In terms of Western Canada, Phillips says it was generally warmer than normal, but not nearly as hot as in the east.

The main difference was precipitation. The west got a lot more rain, with Calgary experiencing an extremely wet July.

The Prairies saw lots of storms this summer, including one that took down trees near Erickson, Man., on Aug. 8. (Waqas Chughtai/CBC)

Phillips says the Prairies saw a lot of stormy weather, with hail and wind storms and several tornadoes touching down.

Are we in for a rough winter?

So, does a warm summer mean we're in for a brutally cold winter?

Before Phillips answers, he quips: "It is so Canadian to worry about winter before summery weather is even over."

That said, his answer is no.

"Even though we had some frost in some areas, and there has been snow in the mountains, my sense is that ... the first half of winter, will be a little slow to come across many parts of populated Canada."

He predicts if there are going to be tough days they will come later, perhaps in February or March.

"There is going to be something for everybody. There are going to be some melting days, there are going to be some freezing days, and some wind chill numbing days ... But I think it will make for maybe a shorter winter."

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