Saturday, 20 May 2017 08:00

Get out the sunscreen: hot summer predicted

Written by  Melissa Villeneuve
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The heat is on in southern Alberta and there’s plenty more of it in store, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

They predict a lot of hot and dry weather, and an active wildfire season for the Prairies this summer, especially in northern Alberta.
Some of the hottest temperatures in Canada will fall within Central and Western Canada, they say, which will lead to increasing drought as the season progresses.
In southern Alberta, there will be more days than usual of temperatures over 35C, said AccuWeather senior meteorologist Brett Anderson.
“Extended spells of hot weather, and dry weather, are expected. It looks like the (southern Alberta) area will be drier over the course of the summer, as most of the thunderstorms will be confined to the mountains.”
In mid-to-late summer, there will be increased thunderstorm activity in the Rocky Mountain region. Across the Prairies, Anderson predicts there will be less or weakened thunderstorms.
“Occasionally, we do get severe thunderstorms from time to time with hail and gusty winds in southern Alberta,” he said. “I think the threats of severe thunderstorms will also be reduced.”
The hot, dry weather will also contribute to a heightened risk of wildfires across the Prairies, especially in July and August. The region most at risk of wildfire activity is northern Alberta, which endured massive wildfires last summer, forcing the evacuation of Fort McMurray.
Anderson said he doesn’t anticipate that heightened wildfire risk to extend to southern Alberta.
“There’s still enough moisture in place across southern parts of the province that I think, at this point in time, I don’t see anything that’s going to lead to an increased threat. But that can change in a month if we go into a prolonged dry spell,” he said.
“Even though I’m predicting dry and hot, I think the fire threat this year across southern Alberta will be normal.”
The Pacific coast region is expected to have closer to normal summer temperatures. Meanwhile, Ontario will face rounds of thunderstorms with an increasing threat for severe weather in July and August. Much of Atlantic Canada, including northern Quebec, will experience cool and wet conditions through August.

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