There was a great deal of flooding due to unseasonably warm, sunny weather in BC this spring; however, a recent forecast predicts that temperatures won’t cool off anytime soon.
The Weather Network released its long-term summer forecast, with warmer than normal temperatures expected in the province. In fact, it advises that BC may experience some of the warmest temperatures in the country.
“This summer looks to be a warmer version of the pattern we saw across Canada last year, with the hottest weather anchored over western Canada,” Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network explains.
As the image below conveys, Western Canada may experience above normal temperatures forJune, July, and August. In particular, all of BC and Alberta are expected to have hotter than usual summers.
BC Wildfires and Drought
“While wildfires are already occurring, overall, a slower start to the wildfire season is anticipated due to near normal rainfall during June and wet conditions that have resulted from the late melting of the above-normal snowpack,” continues the statement.
With that being said, the report cautions that wildfires could become active again in the second half of the summer. In particular, July and August will be especially dry.
Moreover, drought may become a concern throughout BC, particularly in the interior. The drought will also affect Alberta and Saskatchewan. Sadly, this will have an adverse impact on agriculture in the prairies.