By Connor Lynch
TORONTO — Warmer than normal temperatures — possibly another heat wave — could continue through harvest.
That’s according to Canada’s weatherman, David Phillips. Heading into harvest, farmers likely don’t have to worry about an early frost, the Environment Canada climatologist said, as temperatures across the province are looking to stay unseasonably warm. He cautioned, however, that the weather can be full of surprises.
“You can have frost on the pumpkins, snow before Remembrance Day. A remnant of a hurricane could come in and soak the region.” But leaving aside unfortunate flukes, Ontario is aiming for a warm fall and harvest season, he said.
Precipitation is notoriously thorny to predict. Environment Canada’s current models say it’s equally like to be a wetter-than-normal, drier-than-normal, or perfectly normal harvest season. Said Phillips: “There’s nothing you can take to the bank.”
Ontario’s growing season to date has been warmer and wetter than normal, Phillips said.