The Weather Network has just put forth its longterm forecast for the month of April, giving us a taste of what Quebec weather is going to be like as we transition into real spring. Are we in for buckets of rain or another freak April snowstorm? Well, it's hard to give specifics just yet, but The Weather Network's Dr. Doug Gillham along with Meteorologist Jaclyn Whittal do have some insight into what we can expect in the coming weeks.

The month of March has been "warmer than normal" all the way from Manitoba to the Maritimes. While we did see some "high-impact winter weather" here and there, for the most part, we were blessed with milder temperatures here in Quebec and Montreal, specifically.

The Weather Network (TWN) anticipates that this will be the trend we see throughout the beginning of April, as well, with the "dominant pattern across Canada" resembling what we experienced in March.

However, near the end of April, the cooler temperatures that have been lingering out west may shift eastwards bringing a colder period to Ontario and Quebec, albeit temporary, for the end of April.

The map below, provided by The Weather Network, shows the monthly temperature pattern expected across Canada for the first 10 days of April.

Clearly, southern Quebec is in luck, with above seasonal temperatures expected to kick off the month.

After the potential cold spurt that could come as a result of eastward-moving chilly air from the west, the end of April and beginning of May are expected to be "warmer than normal," for both Ontario and southern Quebec.


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Unlike our last two springs, this year looks like it's going to be much warmer for the majority of April.

The Weather Network describes the April pattern as following a similar trajectory to March, however with elevated temperatures. If that's the case... get ready for rain.

Translation: Several thunderstorms hit the province yesterday
Montreal and Quebec City have just recorded their rainiest March in history.
14 cm of snow fell in Quebec, 4 cm in Saguenay 


As TWN explains, "while everyone will see back-and-forth swings in temperature, Western Canada will likely tip to the cold side of normal, while the Great Lakes region to the western Maritimes are expected to be warmer than normal."

So if you were thinking along the lines of the Twitter user above and hoping for absolutely miserable April weather as an incentive to keep everyone home... well, you might be out of luck.

But this just means we're all going to be able to open our windows wide and let the warmth in, even if we can't celebrate the changing season at tam-tams as per usual.

Which is fine. It just means it's going to be that much sweeter when we can.

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