Warmer, drier summer forecast for Toronto
Last summer was “the summer of summers,” according to Environment Canada’s Dave Phillips. But while this year’s forecast looks promising, it might not live up to last year’s sunshine and smog-free days.
Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada, offered a prediction that this June, July and August will be warmer than most summers – welcome news after this spring’s dreary weather.
This summer looks like it could have less than normal precipitation, meaning there could be more smog days, Phillips said.
Last summer included eight smog days, much fewer than the average 18 to 20 smog days usually seen each year.
Toronto will definitely see some severe weather but that’s part of a normal summer as well, he said.
“That’s a given. We just don’t know how much and exactly the timing of it,” Phillips said.
Phillips cautioned that this prediction is still preliminary, but it looks like last year’s summer will be hard – but not impossible – to beat.
“I think when you look at last summer, there was so much about it that was good. It was warmer, which we needed. It was wetter, which never gets you into problems especially if it occurs at night. The air quality was good. The number of severe events was down.”
The official forecast will be released on June 1.
--Aleysha Haniff, Staff Reporter