Harsh winter expected for much of Canada, Farmer's Almanac predicts

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:59 PM ET

After a short, cool summer, most Canadians can expect yet another harsh winter.

That's the forecast according to the Old Farmer's Almanac, which is predicting Ontario and the Prairies will experience below-average temperatures this winter, while snowfall in the Prairie provinces, as well as southern Quebec and the Ottawa area, "will be much greater than normal."

"In 2015, the seasons will bring fierce conditions almost everywhere," Janice Stillman, editor of The Old Farmer's Almanac, said in a release about the Canadian forecast.

Only Atlantic Canada and - unsurprisingly - southern British Columbia, will have above-normal temperatures as well as below-normal snowfall.

Most everyone will experience a cool spring, but after that, Canadians are in for a good summer.



People clear snow vehicles during the snowstorm that hit Montreal, Sunday, December 15, 2013. (JOEL LEMAY / QMI AGENCY)

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"Summer will be warmer than normal," the almanac says for most of the nation. The hottest temperatures can be expected during prime vacation time: late July and early August.

Only southern B.C. and the Yukon will see average summer temperatures.

But it also warns Ontario, southern Quebec, B.C., the Prairies, and the Northwest Territories will see above-average rainfalls.

The almanac, which has been published for 223 years, says it has an 80% success rate in accurately predicting long-range weather forecasts.

Fall 2015 will bring average or slightly warmer-than-normal temperatures to much of Canada, and below-normal precipitation everywhere but in the Prairies and the Yukon, where it will be wetter than normal.


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