The Weather Network has released their summer forecast for the country and it looks like we’re in for a pretty typical summer here in Ottawa.
Chief meteorologist Chris Scott predicts the wet weather that Ontario and Quebec have experienced in May will continue during the summer months and could lead to a heightened risk of flash flooding in some areas.
Scott expects seasonally cooler conditions in northern Ontario and Quebec, and “near normal” temperatures in the southern parts of the provinces, which together will increase the chance of rain.
He said southern Ontario and Quebec will get their hot days, but there won’t be as many as last summer.
“Last summer was a deadly one,” Scott said, referencing the heat-related deaths in Quebec. “We don’t expect this summer to be as hot.”
He said there will be some heavy periods of rain in the southern part of the region which will exceed average precipitation levels for the area.
“But we don’t want to convey that this is a washout of a summer — it does not look that way,” he added. “It just means that when it rains it pours.”
Scott suggests the wet weather that characterized much of the spring will persist into the summer months, leading to a “heightened threat for flash flooding.”
He pointed to extreme weather conditions, such as the Toronto flood in July 2013 and the Burlington, Ont., flooding a year later, as examples of what could recur this year.