Dreaming of a White Christmas?  Dream on!  So far, the month of December is shaping up to be a lot milder than usual for much of the country.  El Niño has a reputation of bringing mild winters across southern Canada, and we are currently in the midst of one of the strongest El Niño events on record.

The first week of December proved to be nearly 15°C above normal for northern Manitoba (with almost all of Canada, apart from Newfoundland and Labrador, seeing above seasonal temperatures too) says the Weather Network.

A steady warm up throughout the week in Ontario will likely also mean potentially record breaking double digit temperatures over the weekend.

The bottom line?  Although there will be a couple of days with seasonal temperatures, there’s really no sign of sustained cold before Christmas.  So that means good news for folks wanting to enjoy the outdoors but big time challenges for businesses that rely on snow like ski resorts.

For Canadians living in southern Ontario to Atlantic Canada, it will be considerably milder than the past two winters, according to the 2016 Winter Forecast. But we are not completely off the hook.. We expect an extended period of classic winter during the second half of the season, which should result in near normal for the winter as a whole.

SOURCES: The Weather Network

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