Published Monday, June 22, 2015 9:59AM EDT
Summer is officially here, and if it still feels brisk where you live, fear not. Environment Canada is predicting a “warmer than normal” summer for the vast majority of the country.
With the exception of some areas in Nunavut, northern Quebec, and the North West Territories, Canadians can expect “above normal” temperatures, according to the weather agency’s seasonal forecast.
“Across the southern part of the country, from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador, it looks like it’s going to be a warmer than normal summer,” Environment Canada Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips told CTV News Channel on Monday.
“Our models are suggesting that it will be more warm days than cool days.”
Phillips said that, by July, most parts of Canada will be well into the “dog days of summer.”
The news will be welcome in Eastern Canada, where residents suffered through a tough winter, Phillips said.
“More beer drinking, muscle shirts and tank top weather for easterners,” he said.
However, Western Canada and the Prairies may be wishing for more rain after going through a balmy and dry winter and spring, he said.
“They’ve gone through their warmest winter and spring on record in British Columbia (and) their driest in the Prairies,” Phillips said. “Farmers are very nervous about the growing season.”