Weather: Forecast for summer 2024 in Canada


Get ready for the heat, Canada.

The weather network predicts more sunshine and warmer temperatures for the summer.

According to the weather channel's annual summer forecast released Wednesday, Canada will be plagued by heat over the next three months as the country sees fewer rainy days and humid weather in several regions.

“We would be very surprised, very surprised, if this summer did not turn out to be warm overall,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist at the Weather Network, in an interview.

The broadcaster expects Ontario and Quebec to experience cooler weather at times in June, but heat will eventually increase, leading to a “very hot and humid” summer with an increased risk of prolonged heat waves.

“Summer should start off very intense in July and August and even continue into September, so if you've invested in a pool, now should be the time to really pay off,” Scott said.

The Canadian Atlantic provinces will be similarly warm, with the heat reaching its peak in July and August.

However, the Atlantic provinces also face a “big unknown”: hurricanes and other severe storms that Scott has on the radar for the United States.

“Of course, Atlantic Canada is in the firing line,” he said.

“We're kind of like the exhaust pipe for storms coming from the south, and if that pipe is pointing in the wrong direction, it hits us.”

In Canada's northern regions, it is not hurricanes but wildfires and poor air quality that could be the problem, as western Nunavut and the eastern Northwest Territories face a warm summer and dry weather.

Forest fires and the danger of smoke are also a major issue in the Prairies. There is great concern about the drought. A very warm summer is expected in Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

In Alberta, on the other hand, a “typical” summer is ahead and in many regions the severe dry periods could be over if a strong storm south of the border moves north and precipitation amounts return to near-normal levels.

The rainfall in recent months is a good sign for farmers, Scott added.

“This winter didn’t look good,” he said.

“There hasn't been much snow, but Mother Nature has struck and we've been getting quite a bit of moisture lately. So we're off to a better start to the growing season than it seemed a few months ago.”

Improvement is also in sight for British Columbia, as the heat there is expected to be “less persistent and less severe” than in previous years.

Although dry periods are expected, isolated showers and thunderstorms are likely to be more frequent and widespread than in previous years.

“Three years ago we had a devastating heat wave in BC,” Scott said.

“While we can't rule out the risk of a heatwave, it doesn't look like it's going to be a record hot summer for BC, which I think is pretty good news for most people.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.