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Balmy fall forecast to follow southern Alberta’s hot summer

The rare splendour of this year’s blazing summer is expected to roll over into fall for Calgarians.

According to the Weather Network’s fall outlook released Monday, parts of Alberta and much of the rest of Canada is forecast to enjoy above-normal temperatures through September and October, and well into November.

Calgary basked in one of its warmest summers in a decade, with June, July and August producing a series of heat waves, and temperatures remained in the high 20s and low 30s well into late August.

Weather experts predict the long-standing heat will continue to keep Albertans warm in September, as a southern jet stream brings spells of balmy air into many parts of Western Canada.

“It’s a very complicated process predicting the weather over a region for the next three months,” said Elena Lappo, meteorologist with the Weather Network.

“But, basically, we’ll be experiencing a lot of southwest winds, which will bring a lot of warm air to us.”

Average temperatures in Calgary are forecast to hover around 11C over the fall months, a few degrees warmer than what’s forecast in the rest of the Prairie provinces and almost as warm as the 14C predicted for Vancouver and Victoria.

Environment Canada spokesman Bill McMurtry added “there appears to be an El-Nino episode developing in the Pacific,” explaining that if it continues, Western Canada could see warmer temperatures and less precipitation over the winter.

This summer has already been one of the warmest Calgary has seen in decades.

After June got off to a wet start — nearly doubling seasonal norms for precipitation with 146.8 millimetres of rainfall — sunshine flooded southern Alberta in July and August.

Temperatures have averaged up to two degrees above normal in the past two months, with average highs nudging above 25C.

Many warm-weather businesses continue to welcome the heat, hoping it stays well into November.

“It’s been a great year for us,” said Wes McLeod, assistant pro at Fox Hollow Golf Club.

“We’ve had lots of golfers, and the course is in great shape.“People like the good weather, as long as it doesn’t get too, too hot.”

McLeod says there have been previous years the course has stayed open until November, and expressed hope that this year will be another.

Read more: http://www.calgaryherald.com/Balmy+fall+forecast+follow+southern+Alberta+summer/7152385/story.html#ixzz25Tid7AfT

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