‘Re­ally lovely weather’ in store for fall

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - OPINION - RAY SPITERI

Mother Na­ture should pro­vide plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties for those who en­joy tak­ing in the fall colours this up­com­ing sea­son, says a me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Weather Net­work.

“We’ll be able to take ad­van­tage of some re­ally nice weather for do­ing those sort of ac­tiv­i­ties,” said Na­dine Pow­ell.

“I think that ev­ery­one will be happy, for the most part, with what fall has in store for us.”

The Weather Net­work re­leased its fall fore­cast on Wed­nes­day, fore­cast­ing for the months of Septem­ber, Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber.

Pow­ell said Ni­a­gara should ex­pe­ri­ence close to sea­sonal tem­per­a­tures this fall, while models are show­ing pre­cip­i­ta­tion lev­els should be on par with the norm.

“Things look to be on sched­ule for us with some re­ally lovely weather for get­ting out, and en­joy­ing the great out­doors over the next few weeks.”

She said it can be dif­fi­cult to pre­dict the weather for tran­si­tional sea­sons such as fall, where the av­er­age tem­per­a­ture can sig­nif­i­cantly change from one week to the next.

“Be­cause we’re tran­si­tion­ing from one ex­treme, which is sum­mer, to the other ex­treme, which is win­ter, tem­per­a­tures can re­ally drop off sig­nif­i­cantly. We take it month by month.”

Pow­ell said Ni­a­gara can ex­pect tem­per­a­tures to hover around just above 20C as an av­er­age high.

“If we’re say­ing that we’re go­ing to be sea­sonal, at least head­ing into the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber, then we do an­tic­i­pate that over the next cou­ple of weeks, for the end of Septem­ber, we should be around that 22 de­gree (mark), in terms of a day-time high,” she said.

“Aswe­head­in­toOc­to­ber,es­pe­cially for the first two-to-three weeks, highs would be any­where in that range of about 15, 16 de­grees, so the next lit­tle while, any­where be­tween 150 to 20, 21, 22 de­grees, that’s what we an­tic­i­pate in terms of a high. That’s not to say that we won’t get one or two days that may be just be­low that, but the over­all is that most of the days head­ing through the next few weeks into the mid­dle of Oc­to­ber should be sea­son­ably warm.”

Pow­ell said it’s likely more peo­ple will en­joy this fall than they did this sum­mer, which in some ar­eas broke rain­fall records.

But the amount of rain, she said, var­ied.

Pow­ell said while in some in­stances the Ot­tawa val­ley, Hamil­ton and Ni­a­gara ex­ceeded av­er­age rain­fall numbers, other ar­eas, such as Toronto proper, Mil­ton and Oakville, rain­fall val­ues came out “more or less sea­sonal.”

“This is al­ways the trick with pre­cip­i­ta­tion. It tends to be hit and miss, de­pend­ing on where those storms line up,” said Pow­ell.

“But I think most peo­ple would agree that the province as a whole, or at least south­ern On­tario, some ar­eas re­ally did ex­ceed in pre­cip­i­ta­tion, and for us in Ni­a­gara, we got a good dose of rain­fall.” rspi­teri@post­media.com Twit­ter: @RaySpi­teri

LAURIE FRETZ/SUBMITTED FILE PHOTO

A me­te­o­rol­o­gist with the Weather Net­work is fore­cast­ing a com­fort­able fall sea­son in Ni­a­gara, which should leave res­i­dents with plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to get out and en­joy the colours of the sea­son.

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