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BC expected to see 'typical summer' of heat, dryness and storms: Weather Network

British Columbia’s set for a “typical summer” of heat, dryness and patches of showers, according to a long-range forecast from the Weather Network.

Meteorologists at the company said that, despite the run-of-the-mill nature of the season, “periods of hot weather” are still expected, particularly in Kelowna and Kamloops.

“However, the heat should be less persistent and less severe than it has been during recent summers,” the Weather Network’s forecast reads.

It adds: “This summer will also bring the typical periods of dry weather, but scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected to be more numerous and widespread than they have been during the past few summers.”

<who> Photo credit: The Weather Network.

Wildfires will remain “a major concern” during the warm weather, according to the forecast.

That means “days with smoke and poor air quality” as well as wildfires sparked by lightning strikes.

Compared to the rest of Canada, BC and the West are predicted to be something of an anomaly this year.

Central, eastern and much of northern Canada are set for above-average temperatures and below-average rainfall, according to the Weather Network.

<who> Photo credit: The Weather Network.

More sunshine than usual is also expected across the country.

“That forecast might be just what you are hoping for if you have plans to be by a lake or pool for much of the summer,” the forecast explains. “However, there is a catch.

“Too much heat brings many risks, and without regular rain, we end up with drought, a heightened risk for wildfires, and poor air quality. All of the above are also concerns during the upcoming season.”

Read the full forecast here.



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