It’s been a bit of a cool start to the summer, with warmer temperatures above normal expected later this month.
“This time of year, we kind of see 22 degree highs, 12 degree lows,” said Armel Castellan, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist with Environment Canada. “That’s probably what we’ll see. 21s, 22s here for the next few days.”
For the next week or so, we’ll be seeing slightly cooler than normal temperatures. July 17th or 18th is when temperatures will start warming up.
“Middle of the month onward is when we’re going to see those temperatures start to really creep up above normal, and hit those kind of mid-20s if not higher and that’ll really feel like summer came in a big wave at that point,” said Castellan, adding that it’s going to be different than what we’ve experienced for the past several weeks.
June was wetter than normal, with 14 days of rain. Typically, we see 9.5 days of rain.
“The wet trend that we’ve seen, upwards of 150 per cent of normal precipitation in the month of June, those numbers are starting to fade now,” Casstellan said. “We are really going into the driest part of the year in July and August.”
Some rain is expected Wednesday and Thursday this week, he added, so we’re not out of the woods yet. But the long, wet stretch has delayed wildfire season.
“We’re going to be emerging into a dryer trend for the second half of July and into August,” Castellan said. “So, summer is certainly on its way, I’m sure we’ll see some wildfires.”
For now, we’re going to stay in the low 20s. If you’re planning on being outside, Castellan added, make sure you wear sunscreen.
“Even though it might not be super warm, if we’re only hitting 21s, 22s, the UV could still be high or very high so you want to be protecting yourself there,” he said.