Canadians, rejoice! Summer is almost here and these areas are expected to have the best - and worst - weather this season, according to AccuWeather.
The best place to be in the country? Vancouver. The city is expected to be consistently sunny, with warm temperatures, for the next few months.
"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 Brett Anderson, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather. "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."
Winnipeg isn’t too far behind Vancouver with their warm weather. Experts are also expecting less rainfall than usual in the city. “Overall a fairly pleasant summer across that area," said Anderson.
As for the worst weather in Canada, Regina is at the top of the list because of a high risk to residents. The city is facing the threat of more wildfires than usual, as a result of warm and dry conditions. This will bring a summer of more haze, smoke and reduced air quality. “I think we’re going to see more fires than usual and a higher number of acres burned than usual,” said Anderson.
If you love scorching temperatures, Calgary and Lethbridge are tied for the hottest cities this summer. Temperatures are expected to reach as high 37 degrees some days in both areas.
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. The nation’s capital will be walloped with cooler than normal temperatures, precipitation and stormy conditions.
"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."
Sudbury will be the coldest city in Canada this summer, struggling to reach temperatures above 16 degrees and facing lows of 3 or 4.
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.