Officials at Environment Canada are indicating towards the likelihood of less warmer summer this year, in comparison to the hottest summer on record last year. In the latest long-range forecast from Environment Canada it was predicted that temperatures are anticipated to be a litter warmer-than-normal this year, but they will still be closer to normal than usual. A senior climatologist at Environment Canada, Dave Phillips, explained that most of the country will still suffer from a warmer-than-normal June, July and August, though the temperatures aren’t expected to reach the boiling levels of 2012.
Mr. Phillips elucidated that B.C., Alberta and the northern Prairies are expected to witness above-normal temperatures, whereas the southern regions of the Prairie provinces are anticipated to experience more normal or even-cooler-than-normal temperatures. He anticipated that temperatures will likely be warmer-than-normal from Ontario’s Ottawa Valley eastward through the Maritime provinces to Newfoundland and Labrador. Though, the south of the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, along with neighboring areas, are expected to see temperatures “hinting on warmer than normal but closer to more seasonable conditions that we might expect.”
At the same time, Phillips highlighted the fact that Canada suffers from almost three million lightning strikes per year and is the second most tornado-prone country in the world. He warned that “most areas of Canada should enjoy a warmer to warmer than normal summer but it says nothing about severe weather — and it clearly could be wild times. We know there is a higher likelihood of hurricanes this year.”
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