Heat warnings issued in the West

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Weather watches, warnings, statements re: heat and thunderstorms, 08 July 2017 (Environment Canada)

A strong ridge of high pressure over Western Canada has pushed the thermometer into record high territory for British Columbia and Alberta.

On 07 July, dozens of communities set new maximum temperatures with the highest at 39.4 C in Warfield and 38.3 C in Nelson but the hot spot in Canada was Garden River in northern Alberta at 40.3 C.

The major cities were warm too with Calgary reaching 33 C and Edmonton 30 C.

Heat warnings have been issued for most of Alberta and parts of Saskatchewan where temperatures will be near 29 C or higher for the next few days and residents are urged to take precautions.

Record highs in the Maritimes

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Jones Lake, west end Moncton, 18 May 2017 (Dearing)

Summer-like air enveloped the Maritime Provinces with new record high temperatures set in all three provinces yesterday.

Environment Canada says more than a dozen communities in New Brunswick hit new maximums for the date including St. Stephen at 34.0 C (hot spot in Canada), Fredericton at 33.0 C and both Woodstock and Edmundston at 32.0 C.

While the thermometer reached a record-breaking 30.5 C at the Greater Moncton International Airport, the overall 18 May record for Moncton is 31.7 C from 1918.

In Nova Scotia, new records were set in Greenwood and Kejimkujik Park at 32.0 C while Summerside, Prince Edward Island warmed up to 26.3 C.

Record highs in the Maritimes

Outdoor thermometer in NE Moncton, 07 April 2017 (Dearing)


Astronomical spring officially arrived almost three weeks ago but it finally arrived in the Maritimes today with record highs throughout the region.

In Greater Moncton, the temperature climbed to 17.3 C – the warmest high of 2017 – which surpassed the previous record of 15.6 C from 1962.

It hasn’t been this warm since 22 October when the thermometer reached 20.5 C.

The hot spot in New Brunswick was 17.7 C in Kouchibouguac, it reached 16.7 C in Stanhope, Prince Edward Island and 21.1 C in Greenwood, Nova Scotia.

The highest temperatures in Canada were found in Saskatchewan today with a high of 24 C in Regina.

Tropical system brings rain, wind, warmth

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Irishtown Nature Park, Moncton, NB, 23 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

A cold front from the Great Lakes combined with a tropical low to bring rain, wind and warm temperatures to the Maritimes this weekend.

The heaviest amount of rain fell in the Halifax region with about 80 mm recorded, already-soaked Cape Breton got off relatively easily with 35 mm in Sydney.

Greater Moncton only received 16 mm of rain but winds were as gusty as 70 km/h and the temperature climbed to a balmy 20.5 C.

The hot spot in the Maritimes was in Cheticamp with a record high of 23.9 C.

Record warmth in N.B.

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Fall colours in Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, 08 Oct 2016 (Dearing)

The fine fall weather is continuing in Greater Moncton with a summer-like high of 24.4 C yesterday which ties the record from 1946.

Record highs were set across New Brunswick with the hot spot being Kouchibouguac at 25.9 C.

Today, Greater Moncton reached 23.9 C which once again ties a record, this time from 1970.

Mid-summer heat!

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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.

Rainfall warning for Christmas across N.B.

nb_eIt seems hard to believe but the entire province of New Brunswick is under a rainfall warning on this Christmas Day 2014.

Even a meteorologist at Environment Canada called it unusual and noted how he never saw that before on 25 December.

The soaking low pressure system has also brought record breaking high temperatures as well.

Greater Moncton reached 15.6 C which broke the old record of 13.3 C from 1996.

The hot spot in Canada today was CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia at 18.5 C.

Pansies were found growing where I spent the day in Truro.

Rainy weekend in Maritimes

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)

Fairview Knoll Park, Moncton, NB, 04 Oct 2014 (Dearing)


A cold front sweeping across the Maritimes brought rain and mild temperatures to Southeast New Brunswick this weekend.

Greater Moncton had only 2 mm of rain yesterday but as much as 15 mm was in the forecast to fall by later tonight before the sky clears.

The front is heading to Newfoundland tomorrow but today the island and coastal Labrador enjoyed sunny, warm weather with the national hot spot in Stephenville at 24.4 C.

Summer-like heat across New Brunswick

Sunny, warm fall day at Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 29 Sept 2014 (Dearing)

Sunny, warm fall day at Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 28 Sept 2014 (Dearing)

The first weekend of autumn felt more like summer across New Brunswick with record breaking heat in many communities.

Greater Moncton reached 28.0 C today which broke the previous record high of 25.0 C set in 1959.

Fredericton also broke a record from the same year with a high of 28.8 C.

Environment Canada says other records were broken at Bathurst reaching 28.7 C and Kouchibouguac at 28.8 C.

Miramichi and St.Stephen were the hot spots in Canada at 29.2 C.

I like many others headed to Aboiteau Beach today where even the water was warm.

But change is on the way with a cold front and showers for Monday lowering temperatures to normal and even slightly below normal before recovering on Tuesday.

Summer returns to N.B.

650x366_08251442_hd24Summer-like warmth has finally returned to Southeast New Brunswick after endless cool, mostly cloudy days.

Edmundston was actually the hot spot in Canada today at 32.1 C with many other communities reaching 30 C.

Greater Moncton hit 29 C which is the warmest so far this August but that high could be beaten tomorrow.

The warm spell will be short-lived with a cooler and less humid air mass moving into the region later this week.