Chris near Newfoundland, 19:30 ADT (courtesy Earth Nullhouse Net)
Chris is now a post-tropical storm with sustained winds of 110 km/h and is expected to make landfall in eastern Newfoundland near Cape St. Mary’s tonight.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says strong winds combined with low pressure will create large waves and pounding surf giving the risk of coastal flooding along the southern Burin and Avalon Peninsulas.
Besides a wind warning, a rainfall warning has been issued with possible amounts of 50 mm or more and 20 mm an hour in the heaviest showers.
The remnants of Chris will drift away into the North Atlantic by early Friday morning.
Thundershower as cold front sweeps Greater Moncton, 06 July 2018 (91.9 The Bend)
The passing of a cold front led to showers and thundershowers in Southeast New Brunswick today marking the end of hot, humid weather.
Environment Canada has noted Greater Moncton endured an official heat wave by definition with three straight days of at least 32°C.
The trio of record highs this week:
JULY 3rd : 31.6 C (new), 31.0 C (old record 1984)
JULY 4th : 33.4 C (new), 31.6 C (old record 2013)
JULY 5th : 34.2 C (new), 32.7 C (old record 2013)
The hotspot in New Brunswick on 05 July was a scorching 36.0 C at Miramichi and not far behind was 35.5 C at Kouchibouguac National Park.
As the heat subsides in Eastern Canada, hot weather is building in Western Canada with an impressive record high today of 39.3 C at Val Marie, Saskatchewan.
Spring has sputtered in New Brunswick – it was nowhere to be found in March, finally appeared in late April and although May has had a few warm days, the month is still running slightly below normal in Greater Moncton.
So what about summer?
In its seasonal forecast, the Weather Network believes a cool June should give way to more consistent warm weather during July and August.
A humid summer is expected which may result in warmer than normal temperatures at night – overnight lows average about 12 C.
While periods of dry weather are expected, heavy showers and thunderstorms should bring rain totals to near normal for the season.
Low pressure system impacts Atlantic Canada this week, 14 June 2016 (TWN)
Cloudy, cool, drizzle, showers and repeat.
If it was April we wouldn’t think twice but it’s mid-June and heat is currently absent in Southeast New Brunswick.
The daytime high in Greater Moncton was 12.2 C yesterday and the high today will struggle to reach 10 C.
Keep in mind, the average high for this time of year is 22 C and the low is 10 C.
A pesky low pressure system has no place to go thanks to a blocking high over Greenland so forecasters say cloudy, wet conditions will persist this week.
Flooding on Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB, 25 May 2016 (Facebook)
For the first time this spring, a series of thunderstorms rolled across New Brunswick with various watches and warnings issued by Environment Canada.
Greater Moncton received heavy downpours from thundershowers early this afternoon.
In many parts of the city, so much rain fell so quickly that storm drains were inundated with water causing localized flooding.
Riverview seemed hardest hit with flooding reported in Gunningsville, Point Park and West Riverview by mid-afternoon.
UPDATE – Although less than 10 mm of rain fell at Greater Moncton Airport, some backyard observers suggest more than 100 mm fell in parts of Riverview.
Magnolia tree in bloom, downtown Moncton, 03 May 2016 (Dearing)
Greater Moncton has been enveloped by cloudy skies, cold conditions and frequent showers this week thanks to our close proximity to the jet stream.
While temperatures struggled to reach 6 or 7 C in the southeast, northwestern New Brunswick climbed into the low 20s today.
Forecasters say that warm air will finally push south this weekend with daytime highs near 18 C.
Flower box in NE Moncton, 22 July 2015 (Dearing)
The flowers and plants seem to like the rain but several days of cloud and showers in Southeast New Brunswick have many wondering where mid-summer went.
Greater Moncton went from being drier than normal this July to having more than 50 mm of rain since Sunday which is more than half the monthly total.
Scattered thunderstorms rolled through the Maritimes today bringing downpours and cooler than normal daytime temperatures.
Forecast for 07 August 2014
The remnants of Bertha, downgraded today to a non-tropical storm system, have spared the Maritimes and are now heading for eastern Newfoundland.
Forecasters say rain and gusty winds – up to 70 km/h – are likely for St. John’s and the Avalon Peninsula tomorrow.
Showers, thunderstorms and cool temperatures will persist in Southeast New Brunswick tomorrow due to a low pressure system which is being held in place thanks to Bertha.