We know it’s only the second day of spring, but that’s not going to stop us from looking forward to the bright, sunny, and HOT days that are known to come with a Calgary summer.
Get your jorts and cowboy hats ready, people, because The Weather Network has just released their predictions for what this summer is expected to look like here in YYC and throughout the rest of Alberta.
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According to the report, the El Nino pattern that was officially declared in February may have an impact on the kind of summer Canada will see, but it will be a weak one at that.
While warmer than normal temperatures will be seen in BC, Atlantic Canada, and parts of the Rocky Mountains, Alberta itself will be seeing “near normal” temperatures throughout the summer.
There is a large region right in the middle of the country that will be seeing below normal temperatures, however, and there’s apparently a chance that the Prairies (including Alberta) could become a part of that cold circle.
“We are unsure as to whether this cooler weather will be centred across the Prairies or further east towards the Great Lakes,” The Weather Network report states.
“If El Nino remains weak, then the cooler weather will likely be further west with another warm to hot summer for southern Ontario and southern Quebec. Stronger El Nino conditions could result in the cooler weather shifting further to the east towards the Great Lakes.”
Given that BC is expected to be warmer than usual, the threat of wildfires — and smoke making its way over to Calgary, the way it has in recent years — is a definite cause for concern.
So enjoy that sunshine while you can, Calgary, because we could very well be seeing another smoky summer this year.