Record warm November comes to an end

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Yes the calendar says November but the weather is more like early September. So much so that Sault Ste. Marie along with other northern communities broke records Wednesday.

On Wednesday Sault Ste. Marie reached a high of 19.5 c. The previous record high for November 4th was 19.3 in 2008.  On Thursday temperatures rose again under a stiff SW wind to just shy of the record set in 2008 of 20.1c.

When you consider the average daytime high for this time of year is around 6c, we’re way above normal for this time of year.

An unseasonably warm air mass has moved into Northeastern Ontario, resulting in temperatures on Tuesday that were more typical of late summer or early autumn.

The following is a summary of weather event information received by
Environment Canada.

The table below shows new record maximum temperatures for
November 4.

Location new record Max previous record Max and year

North Bay          23.6       17.4 2008
Sudbury             17.1      16.1 1956
Sault Ste Marie   19.5   19.3 2008
Chapleau            18.4    17.6 2008

But it will it last?

Yes and no. Beginning Friday, temperatures begin to drop to normal values along with some heavy precipitation. The precip will fall as rain for the most part, but temperatures are expected to drop to 0c Saturday morning, so a few flurries are possible. The good news is, the rest of November continues to be above or slightly above normal. There will be a few cooler days and again, flurries are possible. Temperatures once again rebound to the low double digits or high single digits for most of the month stretching into December. In fact, cold, snowy weather doesn’t even begin to show up on long range forecasts until the second week of December.

This was the scene last November after the Sault say it's first snow from a series of snowsqualls.
This was the scene last November after the Sault saw it’s first snow from a series of snowsqualls.

Last year if you recall, Winter moved in quickly with a series of snowsqualls that began on November 9 of last year. It was a start to one of the longest and coldest winters on the record books.

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