AMHERST – Spring is coming sooner rather than later, says a meteorologist with The Weather Network.
Dayna Vettese told the Amherst Daily News that spring is going to be warmer than normal in Nova Scotia and precipitation levels are expected to be pretty close to normal.
“If you’re sick of winter you’ll be happy to know spring is going to arrive sooner rather than later. We’re expecting temperatures to be slightly above average for the spring season. That being said, it’s not going to be as drastic as last year,” Vettese. “March will still be a transitional month with a taste of spring and a taste of winter.”
Vettese expects more spring like weather in April and May with daytime highs in the double digits.
Generally speaking, she said, spring is normally a wet season and the rainfall that falls between March and May critical to the farming industry and gardeners.
Looking back at the winter forecast, Vettese said it was pretty much as expected. She said temperatures were around normal while there were periods of both rain and snow.
“It was more of a winter than last year,” Vettese said. “There was definitely more snow in northern New Brunswick, while in Nova Scotia it varied from storm to storm.”
The warmer-than-normal forecast, as well as precipitation expectations, stretch from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador. It’s expected to be cooler than normal in the west, but things will be drier than normal.
Vettese said it’s too early to say what the summer will be like.
U.S. weather company AccuWeather.com is predicting above normal temperatures in the Atlantic region with near normal precipitation.