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The change of colors in the Canadian landscape during the fall always coincides with the change in temperatures.

Canadians said goodbye to summer on Thursday and welcome fall, when the season officially begins in the fall. It will run until the winter season in Dec. 21.

Besides apple picking, pumpkin carving and fall sports, what can Canadians expect from the weather this time of year?

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To begin with: warming, says David Phillips, Environment Canada’s chief climatologist.

“Overall, if you look at the temperature, we are delaying the arrival of winter,” he told Global News.

“We’ve had a warm summer and that’s going to help keep the fall going. … When you think about that good news, I think it’s good news for Canada this fall.”

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Canadians eager for summer to stick around may be happy with that news, as warm weather has been slow to reach the nation this year, Phillips said.

This year started with really cold weather all over the country. Some places had a lot of snow, and if some places had no snow, they were cold. Some places have both, he said.

People use the cycle system as warm fall weather continues in Calgary on September 29, 2021.

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As a result, spring was slow to warm up. Cold weather hung around in April before warmer and more active weather began to appear in May. Since then, the heat has reached what could be a warmer-than-normal summer in Canada.

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That heat has stuck around for most of September, and will continue into October, Phillips said.

“I don’t see a single square inch of Canada showing colder than normal on our map of what we think October will be. A few areas are close to normal, but most from coast to coast are showing above normal,” he told Global News.

It won’t feel as warm as July or August, but it will be warmer than last October, he added.

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Canada, of course, being such a large country, will see the fall play out differently in different parts of the country.

Take, for example, Atlantic Canada, which on Friday will experience the effects of Hurricane Fiona. Atlantic Canada has “some of the best waterfalls,” Phillips said, but with hurricane season still in full swing, it’s unclear what the worst weather will be.

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In Ontario, with the Great Lakes still at warmer-than-normal temperatures, the province will likely see improved early-season rain showers in places, “which have the potential to be a sign of what’s to come later in the season as cold air arrives,” Global News chief meteorologist Anthony Farnell said Thursday.

A woman looks out into the water during the Head and Tail of the Gorge paddle event in Victoria, BC, on Oct. 16, 2021.

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In the Prairies, farmers will have a longer harvest due to warmer temperatures, Phillips said. And on Canada’s West Coast, British Columbia is likely to see a delay in warming due to warmer waters surrounding the region, he added.

However, the warm weather won’t last forever.

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“There are signs that the winter weather is going to be strong this year – especially in late November and December,” Farnell said of Ontario.

“Colder-than-normal temperatures and a higher chance of lake-impact ice appear likely, according to computer models and our seasonal forecast, which is also influenced by previous years with a similar global weather pattern.”

A runner is photographed from Ottawa as he walks along the banks of the Ottawa River in Gatineau, Que., on Oct. 12, 2021. Gatineau Park’s fall colors can be seen on the hills in the background.

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The same goes for the rest of Canada, Phillips said.

“The end of fall will be milder than normal for everyone,” he said.

But we’re starting to see cooler, more wintery weather as we get to the end of the year, November and December.

Fall is often “hurricane season” in Canada because of the contrast between warm and cold air, which drives storms, Phillips said.

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People watch the evening sunlight from Riverdale Park East in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021.

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So, he advises Canadians who want to get out and enjoy the season to “not put it off.”

“People who want to enjoy the place that changes color … do not worry because sometimes a strong wind storm can remove the leaves from the trees and you will miss them,” he said.

“It’s the season of color change, it’s a natural gift for us as Canadians and people from all over the world come here. Don’t forget your worries and debts, and just be amazed by the beauty of the Technicolor look of forests and trees.

– via files from Ryan Rocca

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