CORNWALL, Ontario - The early returns are in, and meteorologists are predicting typical eastern Ontario weather patterns this fall, with a return of the flashy autumn colours in just a few weeks.
The Weather Network issued its 2013 Fall Outlook, which indicates near normal temperature and precipitation levels for the Cornwall area.
In fact, much of the country will be in the same boat.
"Cyclical weather patterns like we saw this summer are likely to continue into the fall for most parts of the country,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist at The Weather Network. “Fall is characterized as a transitional season where we typically see a wide range of temperatures, and the climate signals we’re seeing point toward a fairly typical transition this year.
"Most of Canada should enjoy warm, dry stretches in September, but on cue the weather will start to change quickly as we go into October and November."
Which means shovels and parkas can't be far behind.
Summer is finishing strong fthroughout our region, as warm weather is expected into the Labour Day weekend. Most parts of the country should get at least two rain-free days out of three this long weekend, but thunderstorms will be a threat at times particularly the St. Lawrence Valley.
In Ontario, summer’s conditions means trees should be fairly healthy and should produce an opportunity to see a brilliant display of fall colours, peaking at the beginning of October in cottage country, and a couple weeks later farther south. Near normal temperatures and precipitation are expected in most parts of the provinces.