Brett Anderson

Canada summer 2018 outlook

By Brett Anderson, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
5/09/2018, 9:13:48 AM

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The 2018 summer outlook

Here are some quick thoughts on the summer forecast highlights........

-- Increased (higher-than-normal) wildfire risk for much of western Canada this summer, including the Prairies. This may also lead to more smoke- and haze-filled days with reduced air quality, especially in valley locations.

--Ongoing drought over the southern Prairies expected to worsen through the summer.

--Higher risk for severe thunderstorms and tornadoes this summer over Ontario and southern Quebec. In addition, combination of wetter pattern this spring and summer may lead to an increased number of biting insects.

--Humid this summer for Atlantic Canada with more coastal fog compared to normal. Temperatures expected to average above normal, especially at night.

--Above average number of hot weather spells, especially the second half of the summer across interior British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Northwest Territories.

--North coastal British Columbia looks to be cloudier and wetter compared to normal.

--Fairly typical summer conditions expected across southwestern coastal BC, including Vancouver.

--Afternoon thunderstorms may be quite frequent across the Canadian Rockies during late July and August.

The views expressed are those of the author and not necessarily those of AccuWeather, Inc. or AccuWeather.com

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