Ominous clouds near Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border, 03 June 2017 (Dearing)
Weather conditions have been cool and unsettled in the Maritimes over the past several days.
While driving in Nova Scotia on Friday, I encountered everything from clouds and heavy downpours to a clearing sky with bright sunshine to clouds and rain again.
On the way home to New Brunswick on Saturday, I encountered similar conditions.
In Greater Moncton today, the thermometer climbed to a daytime high of only 10.6 C under a dreary sky which is about 10 degrees below normal for early June.
Forecasters say warmer, more seasonal temperatures will return by Wednesday but not before a risk of frost in Southeast New Brunswick by early Tuesday.
The 40-day period commonly known as the “Dog Days of Summer” officially comes to an end today for 2014.
While much of the stretch has been sunny, warm and sometimes wet – the last few days have been very different.
An unsettled pattern with sun, clouds, rain and repeat – often in a span of a few minutes – has been causing some New Brunswickers to utter the term fall-like given that daytime highs have been struggling to reach the low 20’s Celsius.
But the long range forecast is suggesting much warmer, calmer weather will return by next week as the semi-permanent Bermuda High moves closer to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard after a period much further east in the Atlantic Ocean.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 23 June 2014 (Dearing)
After a weekend of unsettled weather, the last couple days have been sunny and warm in Southeast New Brunswick.
But some are asking, where’s the heat?
Recent temperatures have been pleasant with daytime highs in the mid to upper 20s Celsius.
But as June quickly draws to a close and with almost half the year gone, the thermometer has yet to reach 30 C in Greater Moncton.
Environment Canada is suggesting that could change with a high of 29 C expected by this weekend.