Wet, cooler April gives way to more rain in May

Most people will be glad to see April go after 30 days of mostly miserable weather.

And Environment Canada says by comparaison to the past 180 days, it should be getting a little better next month, making May the transition month instead of April.

"It has been a wet month, meaning there wasn't very much sun and then temperatures turned out to be almost a full degree cooler than normal, so not a lot to boast about in April," said David Philips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.

"April's the cruel month. It's often a battle between the winter that wants to stay on and the summer that wants to get a foothold. Unfortunately those summer-like days were few and far between," Philips told CJAD 800 News.

Philips said after what seems like the neverending winter,  people thought April was worse than what the stats actually show, only being about one degree cooler than usual. And while April usually sees around 80 mm of precipitation, this April saw well over 100 mm.

Philips said for May, don't put away those brollies and rubber boots just yet.

"A little wetter than normal but certainly temperatures that are close to normal and that is, as I say, something we haven't seen in half a year."

So if April showers bring May flowers, then what can May showers bring?

"Maybe they bring slugs and mushrooms," Philips laughed.

"And everything seems to be delayed, it's sort of like what we see now is the kind of thing that  you might see at the beginning of April, so let's say things are delayed by maybe two or three weeks but hey, we can catch up."

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