Temperatures starting to climb, with more rain on the way

New Brunswickers can expect to see daytime highs in the double digits, with some parts of the province hitting the mid-teens.

"This is thanks to southerly winds that will continue to push a warm air mass across the region," said CBC meterologist Brennan Allen.

But don't get too excited.

A special weather statement has been issued by Environment Canada, as mild temperatures and periods of rain are expected throughout the province today.

Total rainfall amounts are expected to remain below warning criteria but mild temperatures along with the rain could cause a risk of localized flooding because of frozen ground and significant snow melt.

Overnight, temperatures will remain above 0 C for most of the Maritimes, with partly cloudy skies and a chance of more rain.

The northern half of New Brunswick will cool to below 0 C, with light winds and a chance of flurries or freezing drizzle early Saturday morning.

"On the weekend we will start to clear out somewhat, but a chance of showers will still linger in many areas, with partly cloudy skies," Allen said.

Temperatures will be a bit cooler on Saturday.

Sunday, New Brunswick will see more substantial clearing.

Next week, the province can expect to see temperatures 10 to 15 C above normal by mid-week.

New Brunswick forecast

Northern New Brunswick

Friday: Periods of rain with accumulations of 10 to 15 mm and winds becoming southeast travelling at 20 km/h, gusting to 40 km/h. Temperatures will be at a high near 12 C.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers then a chance of flurries with a risk of freezing drizzle and light winds. Temperatures will sit at a low near –1 C.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures near 8 C.

Fredericton and area

Friday: Periods of rain with accumulations of 10 to 15 mm. Winds will become southeast at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers. Southern winds will be travelling at 15 km/h. Temperatures will drop to a low of 1 C.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures at a high near 5 C.

Southern New Brunswick

Friday: Periods of rain and accumulations of 5 to 10 mm and 10 to 20 mm along the Fundy coast. There is a risk of thundershowers this morning with winds becoming southeast travelling at 20 km/h and gusting to 40 km/h. Temperatures will be at a high near 16 C in the southeast, 11 C in the southwest and 7 C along the Fundy coast.

Tonight: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and southerly winds travelling at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h. Temperatures will drop to 3 C.

Saturday: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers and temperatures at a high near 7 C.