Spring funk won't last; normal summer temperatures for Canada

TORONTO -- Mother Nature is planning to give Canadians a reprieve from the cool, soggy spring weather that's blanket most of the country -- she just might do it in unorthodox ways, the Weather Network said Monday.

The long-term summer weather outlook, which offers general predictions for June, July and August, calls for a rise in the nippy nationwide temperatures and a widespread break from the relentless rain that reeked havoc in parts of the country.

The respite won't come immediately, however, and Forecast Program Manager Chris Scott said the season's weather patterns are likely to live up to their reputation for unpredictability.

The waning of the Pacific weather system known as La Nina is expected to lead to stable temperatures through western Canada, he said, adding conditions will vary more dramatically in provinces east of Manitoba.

"You may have a heat wave for three days, then it turns quite cool, followed by another stretch of warm weather,'' Scott said in a telephone interview from Oakville, Ont.

"That's not that unusual, but we think there'll be a little bit more of an up and down pattern than sometimes we get during the summer.''

Apart from those potential swings, Scott said Canadians can expect to enjoy summer conditions that are typical for their regions.

Average summer temperatures are forecast for the entire country, Scott said, adding warmer conditions may prevail in the northern Prairies through to Nunavut.

Such a rise in the mercury would continue a trend that's evolved over the past several years, he said.

"Season after season in Canada's north, we are continuing to see above normal temperatures,'' he said.

Precipitation is also expected to remain within normal seasonal levels for July and August, according to the long-range forecast.

It's a different story for June, Scott said, adding an active storm track is expected to make its presence felt for much of the month.

Storms blown by the jet stream will lead to continued soggy conditions from Regina to Montreal, he said.

"There will still be some active weather this summer, especially to start,'' Scott said.

"For much of June we will see above normal precipitation.''

Precipitation has been the weather story of the season so far, he said, adding snowmelt in the eastern Prairies and steady rains in Quebec were the primary factors behind devastating floods in the provinces.

The Weather Network's predictions differ somewhat from preliminary forecasts issued by Environment Canada earlier this month.

Senior Climatologist David Phillips previously suggested summer temperatures would be warmer than usual across the country. The agency is slated to release its detailed outlook in early June.

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