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Experts are now predicting a milder than normal winter in Canada

December weather has officially made itself known across the country, but despite the ample snowfall, messy commutes, and onset of the season's characteristic misery, Environment Canada is actually predicting a pretty mild winter from coast to coast.

The body's annual winter forecast, which it released over the weekend, shows that temperatures are likely to be above average in almost all parts of the country over the next few months.

Though some select spots could see winter temperatures somewhere around normal for the time of year — like locations in Newfoundland and Labrador, the territories and Quebec's Anticosti Island — there is apparently nowhere in the country that is slated to see temps below normal between December and February.

Precipitation forecasts are a bit less definitive (depending on which of Environmental Canada's models you're looking at), but generally show an above average amount of precipitation is in the cards for this winter.

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips told CTV News this morning that there's no guarantee for this forecast, and that it doesn't represent every day of this winter. But, he does say that "the dominant pattern will be warmer than normal" despite a bit of a shocking introduction to the season.

He adds that we still may see bouts of the country's polar vortex for a few weeks here and there, but it won't be a"as long and relentless" as it was last winter. He also says Environment Canada's forecast is echoed by others from various international weather predicting bodies.

But, this is all in contrast to some earlier Canadian forecasts, like the one from the Farmer's Almanac, that predicted cold, brutal weather for parts of the country this season.

The Weather Network's seasonal forecast was another that didn't offer such good news, telling Canadians to expect "a harsh winter" and "near normal or colder-than-normal temperatures," though it agreed that precipitation would be normal or above normal across the country.

Given that last month was unseasonably cold as winter seemed to come early and break low temperature records, it's hard to know who to believe. Either way, Canadian winter weather is going to be Canadian winter weather, and we will somehow slog through it, as we always have.

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Oxane Alexandroff


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