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Issued: Monday, February 22, 2010 Covering: February 24 –March 3

Cold arctic air moved in pretty much on cue early this week, but fortunately for southern and western regions, the core of the cold air stayed well to our north and east.

This means the cold air will only last until Wednesday or Thursday before temperatures begin to moderate. By the weekend the arctic high should be well to our east and high pressure should be building to our southwest. This should place us in a more westerly flow, which will allow temperatures to warm into the -2 to -5C range for highs.

It looks like these mild temperatures will continue into next week. We might see a slight cooldown to start the week as high pressure builds in from the north but it doesn’t look like it will be much of a cooldown. As the high settles over our region next week we will see plenty of sunshine and warming temperatures. I wouldn’t be surprised to see high temperatures breaking the 0C mark by Wednesday or Thursday.

Looking further ahead, the models indicate the mild weather will stick around with no signs of any cold air outbreaks or significant storm systems.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs: -14 to 0C. Lows: -26 to -10C.

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.

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