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May 28, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Heat Wave Hits Canada

Record breaking temperatures were set both Tuesday and Wednesday this week in Montreal as temperatures soared to 93.2 F (34 C). This actually shattered the previous record set back in 1951 of 82.4 F (28 C). In Toronto, a record high of 87.8 F (31 C) was set on Wednesday which broke the old record of 87F (30.6) set back in 1944. The heat isn’t over just yet, as above normal temperatures are expected across Ontario and Quebec through the weekend. Let’s not forget the fact that this is only the end of May and summer doesn’t officially begin until June 21st. Based on the latest models and trends, it looks like it could be an unusually hot summer for Canada.


Toronto residents try to cool off as temperatures soar to record highs this week. Image: The Canadian Press


Temperature Outlook for June 2010 for Canada and the United States. Notice Quebec and Ontario are both expecting to see above normal temperatures (by 1.0 to 3.0C or 1.8 to 5.4F) during the month of June. Image: ImpactWeather

Not only are these areas expecting to see above normal temperatures, but below average precipitation is also predicted across Ontario.


Precipitation Outlook for June 2010. Notice Ontario is forecast to see below normal rainfall, while Quebec will see close to normal precipitation amounts. Image: ImpactWeather

It’s interesting to note how this summer looks to be almost the complete opposite of last year. The summer of 2009 was cool and wet, but this summer temperatures look to be above average with drier than normal conditions across some areas.

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