May has nearly come to an end and many Canadians are wondering what the next three summer months have in store for us, weather-wise.
Spring has erred on the cold side for most of the country, so I've certainly been asking myself if this is what we have to look forward to for the rest of the summer.
Luckily, The Weather Network has released their Canada-wide forecast so we can start to plan our summer months accordingly. The Weather Network's Dr Doug Gillham, Meteorologist, has put together a comprehensive look what Summer 2019 is going to look and feel like for Canadians from coast to coast.
We're going to break it down for you by region, so take a look at what we've got in store for June, July and August in Canada.
The West Coast
According to Gillham, B.C. is going to see a hot and dry summer, with a "heightened threat for wildfires." The Farmer's Almanac called, too, for a dry summer in the west this year, which emphasizes the danger posed to the already active wildfire region.
There have already been significant wildfires in B.C. and Alberta, and The Weather Network notes that the wildfire season is clearly "off to an early start." These signs are troubling, paired with the dry forecast ahead, which TWN anticipates could lead to "another active and high impact fire season."
Alberta has the potential to see more rain than their neighbour to the west, particularly in southern regions.
Moving east, we're in for a much more "changeable summer," as The Weather Network puts it. The temperature is expected to swing from high to low, though they'll err on the side of cooler-than-normal across Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
A hopeful piece of news is a "near-normal rainfall" amount can be expected, eliminating too much fear for drought in the area. Though as you move north, the threat of drier-than-normal conditions will increase, and smoke from wildfires is likely to be noticeable.
Ontario and Quebec
We can apparently expect less extreme heat than last year, which we can all be grateful for. Though, it seems we may be trading that extreme heat for a very stormy couple of months.
The region north of Quebec and Ontario is expecting a hot summer, while the region to the south is anticipating a cooler summer. But being "sandwiched between two opposing summer patterns," could mean above average rainfall is awaiting us.
Though TWN does note that it is possible one of those "dominant" patterns could take over the middle region, which would effectively define our summer one way or the other.
While the Almanac anticipated lower humidity than last year, The Weather Network isn't so sure. TWN also anticipates our summer will spill over into the September, a trend we've seen over the last couple years, meaning back to school could be brutal, yet again.
The East Coast
Much like in Ontario and Quebec, TWN is forecasting a "changeable" summer across the Maritimes with significant amounts of humidity.
Later in the season, though, the Atlantic provinces will see some drier weather with near-normal or even warmer-than-normal temperatures, likely starting in July and moving into August.
The Weather Network is calling for a warmer-than-normal summer for both Yukon and the western side of the NWT. On the eastern side of the NWT temperatures should be normal for the season, as in Nunavut.
Northern Canada is at risk for wildfires, much like the west coast, though most of the region can expect "near normal precipitation," according to TWN.