Meteorologist says it’s going to be cool in Corner Brook on All Hallow’s Eve
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Sixteen-month-old Ethan Taite wasn’t thinking about Halloween Thursday as he played in the leaves at Margaret Bowater Park.
CORNER BROOK As the countdown to Halloween begins, the focus for many children is on the costumes they’ll wear. But for parents, knowing what the weather will be like on Halloween often plays into that decision.
That’s why The Weather Network, for the first time this year, has released a Halloween forecast for the country.
“It’s just to give people a heads up of the pattern we’re anticipating,” said meteorologist Dayna Vettese.
“I know most of the costumes are probably bought by now, but there might be some last-minute people that are running out this weekend,” she added. “So, maybe that could help factor into the plans.”
She said looking ahead to next Thursday, The Weather Network can see what the pattern is going to be like.
“It looks like we’re expecting temperatures to be close to normal, but getting chillier by trick-or-treat time,” said Vettese of what can be expected around the Corner Brook area.
Vettese said the forecasted high for Oct. 31 right now is 6 C.
“That could change a degree or two leading up, since we are few a days away from Halloween,” she added.
The temperature is certainly different from last Halloween when the city recorded 16 C during the day and the temperature didn’t drop to 6 C until later in the night.
But looking across the country, Vettese said no one is going to have a particularly warm Halloween.
“Everyone is around seasonal or feeling a little bit cooler.”
She said sunset for the city at this time of the year usually occurs around 6 p.m. and that’s a prime time for trick-or-treaters to start making their rounds.
“It will get dark by then and the temperature will drop off fairly quickly,” said Vettese, adding she sure that’s not what the kids want to hear
“I would definitely wear some layers underneath the costumes.”
In regards to precipitation, Vettese said, there may be the isolated chance of a shower later in the night possibly mixed with a little bit of flurries. “But we’re not expecting a rain by any means.”
She also said it will be a bit breezy on Halloween night, and again suggests factoring that into costume choices.
“Make sure to bundle up underneath and make sure that you can be seen since the sun does set earlier.”
Vettese cautions that parents should pay attention to the forecast as the day draws closer.
“Little nuances like the time on that shower, or what the exact temperature’s going to be, that gets more accurate as we get closer. But we can at least see the trend towards Halloween.”
She said usually this far out, timing is always the issue with precipitation which is harder always harder to predict than temperature.
“Temperature we can nail down more confidently ahead of time a little,” she said. “Precipitation is a little more difficult because the difference in a half an hour could mean is your child going to be getting wet while trick or treating or not, depending what time they go out.”