Spring heatwave?: Temperatures forecast to reach low 20s in Halifax this week

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By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

TRURO - Nova Scotians pining for a healthy dose of spring weather should consider a mid-week getaway to the alluring clime of Truro.

John Moores and his 15-month old Great Dane, Apollo, take advantage of the warm weather to enjoy the Halifax waterfront on Sunday afternoon.

Environment Canada’s forecast for the week includes a tantalizing cocktail of sunshine and balmy temperatures on Tuesday and Wednesday, with highs expected to reach 22 C both days.

However, meterologist Ming Szeto said residents leaving along the coast – that is, anyone in peninsular Halifax or central Dartmouth – won’t get the full benefit of the mild conditions.

“If you’re near the coast and the wind’s coming onshore, it’s going to feel a lot colder, I would say probably around 10 C,” he said Sunday.

Szeto said the place to be for tropical activities this week is anywhere inland, where frigid ocean temperatures and breezes can’t blunt the ridge of high pressure currently sitting over the Maritimes.

He had a small consolation for coastal residents already fed up with Siberian winds making a lie of brilliant sunshine.

“The last few days, here in Halifax, the winds were blowing from the northeast, but now it looks like the wind’s starting to go more southwest, so it’s going to feel a little warmer,” said Szeto.

It should come as no surprise to weather-weary Bluenosers that the brief taste of spring will be snatched rudely away by week’s end as the ridge of high pressure is beaten into submission by an approaching system.

“We do have a system coming from south of the Great Lakes that’s going to give us some rain late in the week,” said Szeto.

Environment Canada’s three-month outlook calls for above-average temperatures and below-average precipitation for all of Nova Scotia.

     

Organizations: Environment Canada

Geographic location: Halifax, Dartmouth, Great Lakes Nova Scotia

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