Environment Canada has released their predictions on what Alberta could experience this fall and winter.

For September, October, and November, the province should see temperatures slightly milder than normal with an indication conditions may be slightly drier or average.

Dan Kulak, Meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the seasonal average temperature looks at the three month period through all times of the day.

"When you put together daytime highs, overnight lows, average it all out, certainly September is warmer than October and October warmer than November, but if you want to talk about the three month period you have to out the single number on it and that's 4 degrees. We're looking at probably half a degree to a degree warmer than normal, which doesn't sound like a lot but in the grand scheme of things that's enough to say it's a warmer than normal season."

Looking ahead to winter, Kulak says an El Nino will play a role in what conditions we receive from December to February.

"For much of Southern Alberta, temperatures are likely to be on the mild side, there might be some areas where it's a bit more near normal here just depending on how fast the El Nino evolves. On the precipitation side, not much of a signal but typically in El Nino patterns Southern Alberta does tend to be on the dry side so suggestions right now for the winter are edging towards mild and edging towards dry."

An El Nino is when warm water develops in the Eastern Pacific off the coast of South America. It can change the way jet streams and weather patterns around the world evolve, resulting in the western portion of North America having different patterns than usual, such as California being wetter than normal and Alberta and BC being drier and milder than normal.

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