Environment Canada has broken with other forecasters in predicting a relatively mild winter for this year.
As can be seen on the map below, Environment Canada is suggesting an increased chance of above normal temperatures across most of the country through December, January and February, with only western Alberta and much of the northern half of British Columbia expected to see more typical winter readings.
In terms of precipitation, only extreme southwestern Ontario and large portions of northern Alberta and Saskatchewan are predicted to receive above normal amounts, along with a significant part of B.C. Mostly normal precipitation is expected elsewhere.
The latest seasonal forecasts from Environment Canada were released on Friday and contrast sharply with recent outlooks from AccuWeather and the Weather Network.
Just last month, the Weather Network said much of Canada was in for a harsh winter, with normal to below-normal temperatures expected for most of the entire country. Meanwhile, AccuWeather said Ontario was expected to bear the brunt of stormy weather this season, with arctic blasts targeting the eastern Prairies in particular.
Source: DePutter Publishing Ltd.
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