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Lingering warmth expected this fall

Are you savouring the final days of summer? Fear not: The days are getting shorter but the warm temperatures will stick around well into early fall.

“The afterglow of a scorching summer will mean a warm start to the season,” said Chris Scott, director of meteorology with The Weather Network.

In October and November, temperatures in southern Ontario will fluctuate from above to below normal but will mostly stay on the warm side.

Out west, parts of southern Alberta, Saskatchewan and Nunavut will also experience above-normal temperatures. The remaining provinces will experience a fairly normal fall.

Following a record-breaking summer and a balmy fall, Torontonians

will probably need to brace for a winter that’s colder and more snowy than last year’s extremely mild one.

Meteorologists say it’s still too early to draw conclusions. But the upcoming winter season, which officially kicks off on Dec. 21, is likely to restore faded memories of sleet, snow and ice.

Dave Phillips, a climatologist for Environment Canada, predicts that winter will be hard for Torontonians recently accustomed to mild temperatures and limited snowfall.

This will be a tougher winter for Torontonians,” he said. “It will feel brutal compared to last year.”

Official predictions for winter will be released on Dec. 1.

thestar.com – News