Countryside near Victoria-by-the-Sea, PEI, 23 July 2018 (Dearing)
Another round of very warm temperatures and high humidity has enveloped almost all of the Maritimes with only New Brunswick’s Fundy coast exempt from an Environment Canada heat warning.
While actual daytime highs will approach 30 C, humidex values will range between 35 and 40 which can be dangerous for those at risk including young children, seniors and anyone with a chronic illness.
Forecasters say some relief may come on Thursday with some much needed rain but high humidity could persist until early next week.
Atlantic Canada could feel an impact from Tropical Storm Chris which has formed off the coast of the Southeastern U.S.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the third named storm of 2018 will move northeastward and possibly strengthen to become a hurricane by early Wednesday.
The storm could weaken as it approaches Nova Scotia by Thursday.
The CHC notes there is still uncertainty in the forecast track and intensity of this system.
Beryl is the second named storm but first hurricane of the season and has been down downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads toward Puerto Rico.
Meantime, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for New Brunswick except the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia as a warm, humid air mass pushes highs into the low 30s C with humidex values up to 38 on Monday.
Heavy rain falls in northeast Moncton, 22 Nov 2017 (Dearing)
A low pressure system from the southwest brought significant rainfall for southern New Brunswick.
Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning with up to 50 mm expected along the Fundy coast, Greater Moncton and the Kennebecasis Valley.
Drivers are being warned about water pooling on roads and flash flooding.
Falling from a daytime high of 13 C to an overnight low of zero, rain could turn to snow with a slight accumulation possible.
Heavy, wet snow brings down tree branches in Moncton, 30 Nov 2016 (Twitter)
Greater Moncton recorded a snowfall of almost 30 cm today which is not unusual for the end of November.
But it came as a surprise since Environment Canada had only forecast 10 cm of snow.
The heavy, wet snow fell over central and southeastern parts of New Brunswick while mostly rain was recorded in Saint John and along the Fundy coast.
The snow was too much for some trees and branches which fell onto power lines knocking out electricity to more than 41,000 customers at one point.
Snow covers grass, rooftops and vehicles, NE Moncton, 28 Nov 2016 (Dearing)
The first Nor’easter of the season packed a punch in central Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland but the storm barely touched Southeast New Brunswick.
About 12 cm of snow fell at Halifax Stanfield Airport with lesser amounts in the city, 11 cm at Charlottetown and Deer Lake.
Strong winds gusted to 102 km/h at East Point and a destructive 160 km/h at Wreckhouse.
Meantime, another storm is brewing as a low pressure system approaches the Maritimes late Tuesday into Wednesday with up to 15 cm of snow possibly changing to rain along the Fundy coast.
Laverty Road, Fundy National Park, NB, 12 Nov 2016 (Facebook)
The early morning temperature on Saturday in Greater Moncton was -3.1 C which ties for the coldest yet this autumn.
Before the temperature fell overnight, there was a trace of rain but snow fell at higher elevations such as the Caledonia Highlands.
A couple of centimetres fell in the northern part of Fundy National Park, well away from the coast.
NB daytime highs from Environment Canada, 14 July 2016
Greater Moncton has yet to reach 30 C this summer but warm, breezy conditions pushed the daytime high to 29 C today with winds gusting up to 72 km/h.
Many other New Brunswick locations surpassed 30 C with Bathurst climbing to 33 C which was the hot spot in Canada.
Temperatures were cooler along the Fundy coast with a maximum of 20 C in Saint John and 23.4 C on Grand Manan Island.
A view of Toronto from Lake Ontario, 13 Feb 2016 (Toronto Star)
The coldest shot of winter 2015-16 has enveloped New Brunswick with an early morning low of -21.0 C in Greater Moncton and as frigid as -32 C in central and northern parts of the province.
Wind chills could drop as low as -35 by Monday morning.
The Arctic dome of air has also led Environment Canada to issue extreme cold warnings for much of Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and all of New Brunswick except the Southeast and Fundy coast.
Extreme cold warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates health risks such as frost bite and hypothermia.
Downtown Moncton during an ice storm, 15 Dec 2015 (Duguay/Facebook)
Environment Canada issued a rare weather warning for Greater Moncton and Southeast New Brunswick with a prolonged period of ice pellets in the forecast.
The weather office says moderate to heavy ice pellets mixed with freezing rain will persist today before changing to snow tonight.
Ice pellet amounts near 10 cm are expected and will be followed by snowfall amounts of 5 to 10 cm.
Elsewhere in New Brunswick, 45 mm of rain could fall in Saint John and along the Fundy coast, Fredericton can expect 20 cm of snow while Miramichi could get 25-50 cm before the storm moves away on Wednesday.
Workers creating an ice rink at Moncton City Hall Plaza, 08 January 2015 (Dearing)
Following frigid conditions and yet another extreme cold warning for the province – along comes a snowstorm!
Environment Canada says a system could bring up to 20 cm of snow along the Fundy coast and Southeast New Brunswick on Friday with gusty winds creating blowing snow.
Despite bitter temperatures in Greater Moncton this week, no records have been broken yet although it was close today at -23.8 C.