The Weather Network's 2013 Summer Outlook
Thursday, June 6, 2013, 11:31 AM -
The Weather Network's meteorologists release the Summer Outlook for 2013. Find out what's in store in your area.
According to The Weather Network Summer Outlook, a seasonal to warm summer is expected across the country.
"Overall, above to near normal temperatures are expected across western Canada, with above normal in much of the east as well, but close to normal in central areas in between," says Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network.
Forecasters say there will be a tendency for many regions to experience lengthy periods of warmer or cooler than average and/or dry or wet weather days in a row, especially during the first half of summer. This would be in contrast to the more usual change of dominant weather type every two or three days.
"Precipitation is always trickier to predict because much of the rain we get in the summer comes in the form of showers and thunderstorms, which are hit and miss and yet can give large rainfalls to skew the statistics in small local areas," adds Scott. "But we do think there may be a few areas of very active weather."
There's a greater than average potential for severe local storms in the Alberta high plains east of the foothills. An active storm track is also possible from the central Great Lakes along most of the Laurentian highlands and into Labrador.
See below for provincial and regional breakdowns.
|Region||Temperature Outlook||Precipitation Outlook|
|British Columbia||Above normal for most. Near normal for the extreme northwest; Haida Gwaii and the North Coast; Vancouver Island's west coast and northeast B.C.||Below normal for most of southern B.C. Near normal elsewhere.|
|Alberta||Above normal for the extreme south and west and east central parts. Near normal elsewhere.||Above normal along the northern and central Saskatchewan border. Below normal in the extreme south. Near normal elsewhere.|
|Saskatchewan||Above normal for west-central Saskatchewan. Near normal temperatures elsewhere.||Above normal along the northern and central Alberta border. Below normal in the extreme southwest. Near normal elsewhere.|
|Manitoba||Below normal from Port Nelson southeast, otherwise near normal.||Below normal across central and east-central parts, otherwise near normal.|
|Ontario||Below normal for the far north near Hudson and James Bay. Above normal in much of eastern Ontario. Near normal elsewhere.||Below normal for most northern parts of northwest and north-central Ontario. Above normal from Lake Huron-Georgian Bay through the mid Ottawa valley. Near normal elsewhere.|
|Quebec||Above normal down the St. Lawrence valley and most of eastern Quebec. Below normal near Hudson and James Bay. Near normal elsewhere.||Above normal for the western and central Laurentian highlands including the Saguenay valley and the adjacent lands to the north into western Labrador. Near normal elsewhere.|
|The Maritimes and Newfoundland||Above normal across all parts except near normal in western Labrador.||Near normal in most places except above normal in western and northern Labrador.|
|Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut||Above normal in northwestern Nunavut and the northern Yukon. Below normal near Hudson Bay. Near normal elsewhere.||Above normal near eastern Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories and far northwest Nunavut. Near normal elsewhere.|
A regional breakdown of the summer forecast for select locations has been provided below.
|City||Temperature Forecast||Precipitation Forecast||Average temperatures||Average Precipitation|
|Vancouver||Above normal||Below normal||High 20.9
|Victoria||Above normal||Below normal||High 21.1
|Calgary||Near normal||Near normal||High 21.9
|Edmonton||Near normal||Near normal||High 22
|Regina||Near normal||Near normal||High 24.7
|Saskatoon||Near normal||Near normal||High 24
|Winnipeg||Near normal||Near normal||High 24.7
|Thunder Bay||Near normal||Near normal||High 22.6
|Sudbury||Near normal||Near normal||High 23.3
|Ottawa||Near normal||Near normal||High 25.1
|Toronto||Near normal||Near normal||High 25.1
|Windsor||Near normal||Near normal||High 26.6
|Montreal||Above normal||Near normal||High 24.9
|Fredericton||Above normal||Near normal||High 24.2
|Moncton||Above normal||Near normal||High 23.8
|Charlottetown||Above normal||Near normal||High 21.8
|Halifax||Above normal||Near normal||High 21.8
|St. John's||Above normal||Near normal||High 18.7
|Iqaluit||Near normal||Near normal||High 9.6
|Yellowknife||Near normal||Above normal||High 19.2
|Whitehorse||Near normal||Near normal||High 19.2