Desmoiselles Beach, Hopewell Rocks, 12 May 2019 (Dearing)
The Victoria Day long weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season in Canada when opening up the cottage or camping are on the agenda.
However, many residents are still wearing heavy, winter jackets and gloves as daytime highs struggle to reach 10°C in Southeast New Brunswick.
The normal maximum in Greater Moncton is about 18°C but the long range forecast shows it won’t be that warm for another six days!
Environment Canada has issued a frost advisory for all of New Brunswick and most of mainland Nova Scotia as the overnight low drops to near freezing.
On the upside, the advisory means the growing season is now officially underway but on the downside, it’s not warm enough to plant anything.
Snowflakes falling in NE Moncton, 14 May 2019 (Dearing)
Sprinter is a portmanteau of spring and winter which aptly describes the recent weather in Southeast New Brunswick.
Already mid-May, Environment Canada indicates Greater Moncton is running about three degrees below normal for the month.
Snow mixed in with rain last night and 0.6 cm was recorded at the airport.
Today’s daytime high was 5.3°C and the forecast shows little change for tomorrow.
The Victoria Day long weekend is expected to bring some sunshine but temperatures will remain below seasonable.
Heavy snow in Cartwright, Labrador, NL, 21 May 2017 (Twitter)
The Victoria Day long weekend is considered the unofficial start to summer in most of Canada but not Newfoundland and Labrador this year.
More than 50 cm of snow fell in southeastern Labrador and between 20 and 30 cm was recorded in western Newfoundland and the Northern Peninsula.
Campers in Gros Morne National Park had fires one evening and then woke up to white the next morning.
St. John’s also picked up about 4 cm of snow which was the snowiest May long weekend since 1991.
Aboiteau Beach, Cap-Pele, NB, 21 May 2016 (Dearing)
A warm, beautiful day in Greater Moncton was a great excuse to head to the beach.
Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pele became my destination with a decent crowd for the Victoria Day weekend although the water was a bit chilly for swimming.
The temperature in Greater Moncton climbed to almost 28 C and likely a few degrees cooler along the coast but still the warmest day this spring and in 2016!
Moncton skyline at sunset, 20 May 2012 (courtesy News 91.9/Lebreton photo)
Summer-like weather was enjoyed in New Brunswick on this Victoria Day, the unofficial kickoff of summer across Canada.
The long weekend has been mostly sunny but today was remarkable with brilliant sunshine and a high of 28.2 C in Greater Moncton – the warmest high temperature so far in 2012 but just shy of the record of 29.6 C from 2009.
But numerous communities in northern New Brunswick exceeded 30 C today including Charlo at 33.5 C and Bathurst at 32.9 C (new record).