Canada's summer forecast: Vancouver poised for best weather in country

Summer is finally on its way and as per usual, the province that’s going to see the best weather is British Columbia.

Victoria, Vancouver and the areas along the coast are shaping up to have an ideal summer, with lots of warm days and near-normal rainfall, said Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.

“It’s going to be hot in south central B.C, particularly in July with above normal temperatures and it will be drier than normal,” said Anderson. “A fair amount of days will be getting above 35 C.”

If you’re planning on doing any hiking in the mountains, Anderson advises you to take caution.

“As we get into July and August, we’re going to see more thunderstorms than usual in the mountains which includes Banff and Jasper National Park,” he said. “With that comes the risk of flash flooding and mud slides which can certainly disrupt vacation plan in those areas.”

The weather for the Prairies is looking less than ideal as it’s going to be hot and dry from eastern Alberta into Saskatchewan.

“With the drier than normal conditions I do think we’re looking at higher than normal wildfire risks across much of western interior Canada,” said Anderson.  “It’s going to be a summer of more haze than usual, reduced air quality and probably going to see more smoke than usual. It could be a problem. I think we’re going to see more fires than usual and a higher number of acres burned than usual.”

As we move further east into Manitoba, the weather becomes normal again. “Looking at fairly normal temperatures in Winnipeg this summer, slightly drier than normal but overall a fairly pleasant summer across that area,” said Anderson.

Bad news for Ontario – it’s going to be a wet and stormy season with above normal rainfall from Thunder Bay into Windsor and through Toronto and Ottawa.

“It’s been a wet spring so certainly the risk of flash flooding is probably going to be higher than usual for a good chunk of the province,” warned Anderson. “It’s going to be a buggier than normal season for cottage country due to moisture in the ground, more black flies and mosquitoes.”

As for the temperatures, it’s not much to look forward to either.

“With the increased moisture I think the summer is going to end up cooler than normal across much of Ontario and western Quebec due to more clouds than usual and the rainier conditions,” Anderson explained. “With the ground being moist it doesn’t allow for the afternoons to get as hot as it usually can. We’re going to have a fair share of humid days, but probably not much of extreme heat.”

Eastern Quebec, including Quebec City, will see typical summer conditions with temperatures fairly normal. “It’s shaping up to be a nice summer in that region and that includes much of Labrador,” said Anderson.

The Maritimes will also be having a nice season. “Temperatures are likely to stay above normal for much of Atlantic Canada this summer,” said Anderson. “The storms from the west will weaken as they approach the region so there will be below normal rainfall.”

So, what do you think of the summer forecast? Let us know in the comments below.