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Spring Sprung? Maybe Not

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Spring Sprung? Maybe Not

The municipality saw 85 mm of rain in a two hour stretch Sunday July 31st // Cliff Hemeon via Facebook

While it may not feel like it – Monday was the first official day of Spring.

And though the next few days will be a bit on the colder side – here in Canada, it sometimes takes a while for us to climatize to the Spring season.

Senior Climatologist with Environment Canada Dave Phillips tells Mix News that it’s not quite tank top weather yet.

“There will be a couple of days that feel like winter and then all of the sudden and then we’ll be in a warm-up for a couple of days and then you might get a little surprise from the North with some snow.”

Since last September – Phillips says that precipitation levels are hovering higher than above normal.

“More precipitation – about 15 percent more than normal and probably about 15 millimetres more than last year.”

Fort McMurrayites have faced harsher conditions this winter in comparison to 2016.

With that in mind – the warm weather is just around the corner but according to Environment Canada – we might have to hold onto our toques for the time being.

“Just be patient, don’t put away the parka yet,” Phillips stated.

“My advice always, particularly in Northern Alberta – Until April’s dead, change not a thread.”

Phillips adds that with all this in mind – we may be waiting a bit longer for Spring to officially be sprung.

Written by: Brandon Piper

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