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Spring has arrived, and David Phillips has some predictions for Canadians

David Phillips explains what Canadians can expect now that spring has arrived.

Key Takeaways:

  • While many Canadians anticipate the arrival of spring, one expert believes it will be some time before the country sees consistently warmer weather.
  • Warmer weather has already been experienced in several parts of the country, according to Phillips, who is based in Barrie, Ont.

Whereas many Canadians are looking forward to the arrival of spring, one expert believes it will be some time before the country experiences consistently warmer weather.

“Just because the season’s change doesn’t mean the weather will change,” David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, told CTV News Channel. “In Canada, we have to be patient.”

The vernal equinox, also known as the spring equinox, occurred on March 20 at 11:33 a.m. EDT, kicking offspring in the Northern Hemisphere. The spring equinox happens when the sun shifts north of the equator, giving Northern Hemisphere residents longer and warmer days.

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Phillips, based in Barrie, Ont., noted that warmer weather has already been experienced in several parts of the country. However, snow is still expected in several areas, including the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary, and Fredericton.

“We know spring is here, but…we don’t go from slush to sweat,” Phillips explained. “Before we can expect spring to arrive, we have to get rid of the look and feel of winter.”

He explained that this entails allowing the ground to thaw and any remaining snow to melt. Temperatures will likely be cooler next month, resulting in a slow start to the spring season, as well as April showers may result in more flooding than flowers, according to Phillips.

David Phillips explains what Canadians can expect now that spring has arrived.
David Phillips explains what Canadians can expect now that spring has arrived. Image from Good Times

“At this time of year, we always have to worry about flood season [and] mud season,” Phillips said.

In the end, he warned, Canadians should not expect a smooth transition to warmer weather. Instead, they must be prepared for the occasional day of cool weather before the summer heat kicks in May.

“It’s that time when we can’t decide what to wear to be comfortable because the weather is so fickle,” Phillips said. “If we put up with it for a few weeks, we’ll be more into that spring attire.”

Source: CTV News

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