Early spring in forecast for P.E.I.

Dave Stewart dstewart@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on March 4, 2016

The Weather Network is forecasting an early and warmer-than-usual spring for Prince Edward Island.

In fact, Michael Scott, meteorologist for the broadcaster, said Thursday Islanders aren't going to have to wait long to feel spring-like temperatures.

"By next week, we have you guys on a nice little warming trend,'' Scott said. "We've got a system that is going to bring some warmer weather in, a nice little extended taste of spring.''

There also doesn't appear to be any significant snow in the forecast for the rest of the month.

The Weather Network isn't showing anything big for St. Patrick's Day, a date on the calendar many point to for a big blast of winter. March also seems likely to go out like a lamb, rather than a lion.

"We can't completely rule out that we'll get one last round before the month is done, but we don't see any specific signs of that.''

Warmer than usual weather and a drying trend are forecast for April and May. The normal high for April is around 7 C while it can hit 14 in May. Scott said Islanders can expect the numbers to go higher.

"It's going to be a nice, enjoyable spring.''

Scott said there are a couple of concerns.

One is that drying trend could cause drought-like conditions in some areas in the eastern part of the country by late spring/early summer. The other, Scott says, is that there could also be more tropical storms this year.

More information will be coming when The Weather Network issues its summer forecast in a few months.