The Weather Network Predicting Wet Summer for Ontario

Get ready for a wet summer.

The Weather Network has released its Summer Outlook and predicts conditions this summer will vary widely from region to region across Canada.

Chief meteorologist Chris Scott says that in general, this summer won't be remembered for its heat, except in B.C., which is expected to be, as he puts it, "the king of the heat this summer."

His forecast calls for an "above normal season" for wildfires for most of B.C. western Alberta, the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

Scott predicts the wet weather that Ontario and Quebec have experienced in May will continue this summer and could lead to a heightened risk of flash flooding in some areas.

Across the Prairies, the network is predicting slightly below average precipitation, but not to the point where farmers need be concerned about drought.

The forecast for Saskatchewan and Manitoba calls for slightly lower than normal summer temperatures, with close to average precipitation.

"Atlantic Canada can expect generally near normal temperatures, with some above normal temps for the southern Maritimes due to humid air coming from the Great Lakes," says Scott.

As for northern Canada, he says "expect an above normal fire season as you head west of Yellowknife, especially, and then into the Yukon."

The network is predicting normal to slightly warmer than average temperatures extending to the Alaska border, with near normal temperatures and precipitation forecast for Nunavut. 


With files from The Canadian Press