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It's Finally Here! The Weather Network Delivers Its Summer Outlook

After Enduring Months of Cold Weather, Canadians Can Expect a Pleasant Summer

OAKVILLE, ON--(Marketwired - June 03, 2014) - Following a long, record-breaking cold winter and a slow start to spring across most of the country, will Canadians be rewarded with a beautiful summer? The Weather Network's meteorologists have issued this year's Summer Outlook for the months of June, July and August.

Above normal temperatures are expected for B.C., the Yukon and parts of southwest New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Consistent with the cooler trend experienced this spring, areas from Manitoba through Ontario should expect below normal temperatures, but that doesn't mean an unpleasant summer by any means. 

"We're finally seeing a turnaround across Central Canada after months of well below normal temperatures," said Chris Scott, Chief Meteorologist at The Weather Network. "While temperatures are expected to average slightly below normal from Manitoba through Ontario, we expect this summer will still have its share of warm days. The hottest weather across the country will be found in the B.C. Interior where above normal temperatures are expected."

Developing El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean is the main foundation of this year's Summer Outlook and the resulting forecast could contribute to other notable conditions in some parts of the country, including:

  • Western Canada: Above normal temperatures combined with below average precipitation in B.C. this summer could increase the risk of forest fires through the B.C. interior.
  • Central Canada (Saskatchewan to Quebec): Lesser likelihood of drought scenarios in crop lands and grain producing regions due to normal or above normal precipitation.
  • Atlantic Canada: While a developing El Niño means fewer total storms across the Atlantic, an average risk remains for Atlantic Canada to be affected by tropical systems.

Canadians to see a cooler start to June

In the shorter term, a typically changeable weather pattern will dominate the country for the first half of June. An active jet stream across the southern half of Canada will keep any scorching heat suppressed to the U.S. and deliver bouts of cooler weather at times.

While many regions including Southern Ontario and Quebec are starting the month with sultry conditions, more seasonal temperatures are expected over the next two weeks. Even areas such as B.C. and the Yukon which are expected to average above normal over the course of the summer will be on the cooler side of seasonal at times. The more persistent heat in these areas isn't expected to develop until later in the month. The most widespread precipitation over the next couple weeks will likely occur across the Prairies, through Northern Ontario into Central Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

                                                                            
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                  The Weather Network's Summer 2014 Outlook                 
                                                                            
                                                                            
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         Region              Temperature Outlook      Precipitation Outlook 
                                                                            
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                                                     Below normal across    
                                                     most of the south-     
                           Above normal except for   central interior up the
                           the extreme northeast     Fraser River to Prince 
British Columbia           which is expected to be   George. Near normal    
                           near normal.              precipitation          
                                                     elsewhere.             
                                                                            
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                           Mainly near normal but                           
                           above normal near the     Near normal.           
Alberta                    Rockies and upper Peace                          
                           River valley.                                    
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                                                     Generally near normal  
                           Below normal in the       except for much of the 
                           east-central regions      northeast where above  
Saskatchewan               and along much of the     normal precipitation is
                           Manitoba border. Near     forecast.              
                           normal elsewhere.                                
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                                                     Near normal across much
                                                     of the south and far   
                           Generally below normal    north. Above normal    
Manitoba                   temperatures but near     elsewhere; generally   
                           normal in the northeast   across the Canadian    
                           and far north.            Shield.                
                                                                            
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                           Below normal                                     
                           temperatures in most      Near normal across the 
                           places. Near normal       Great Lakes and much of
                           across the Hudson Bay     the Hudson Bay         
Ontario                    Lowlands and adjacent     Lowlands. Above normal 
                           areas to the south;       elsewhere across the   
                           along with most of        north.                 
                           eastern Ontario.                                 
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                                                     Above normal           
                           Below normal across       precipitation south of 
                           most of the far west of   the Eastmain River to  
Québec                     southern Quebec. Above    Val-d'Or and west of   
                           normal temperatures in    the Saguenay. Near     
                           the northwest. Near       normal elsewhere.      
                           normal elsewhere.                                
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                                                     Near normal            
                           Near normal in most       precipitation in most  
                           areas. Above normal in    areas but below normal 
The Maritimes and          south-central and         across most of         
Newfoundland               southwest New Brunswick   southwestern Nova      
                           and much of southwest     Scotia.                
                           Nova Scotia.                                     
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                           Above normal in the                              
                           Yukon, except the far                            
                           north, with above                                
                           normal temperatures                              
                           over most of the          Near normal            
Yukon, Northwest           adjacent western N.W.T.   precipitation.         
Territories, Nunavut       as well. Above normal                            
                           in Nunavut centered on                           
                           Southampton Island.                              
                           Near normal                                      
                           temperatures elsewhere.                          
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About Pelmorex Media Inc.

Celebrating 25 years, Pelmorex Media Inc. is the parent company of The Weather Network, MétéoMédia, Beat the Traffic and Eltiempo.es. Pelmorex operates in Canada, US, Spain and the UK. The Weather Network and its French counterpart MétéoMédia are Canada's most popular weather and information services on TV, web and smartphone apps. Pelmorex proudly owns Eltiempo, Spain's leading multi-platform weather information provider. With strong roots in weather, we continue to leverage technology and science to help consumers plan their day by expanding the Pelmorex family to include Beat the Traffic, a leading multi-platform brand that finds the fastest route from point A to point B. Pelmorex also operates Canada's National Alerting Aggregation and Dissemination System (NAADS) which aggregates and distributes emergency alerts issued by authorized government agencies. Pelmorex has been named one of Greater Toronto's Top Employers as well as Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for eight consecutive years.

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Becky Brescacin
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