Summer forecast predicts eastern Canadian vacation invasion

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN – It’s going to be hot and dry in B.C. this summer, while our fellow Canadians to the east will experience cool weather from June to August.

The meteorologists at AccuWeather have released their Canadian summertime forecast.

They predict the West will have a warmer, drier summer compared to normal, while the cool weather will continue in central and eastern Canada.

It’s a safe bet that eastern Canadian vacationers will be flocking to the Thompson-Okanagan to escape their lousy summer weather and take advantage of the sunshine and heat in B.C.’s forecast.

High pressure will reign supreme in B.C. and western Alberta this summer, with above average temperatures and less rainfall than normal.

The downside to the hot, dry weather will be the increased risk of wildfires.

Eastern Canadians can blame the jet stream and cold water in the Great Lakes for the below average temperatures expected, especially in June and July.

AccuWeather points to a “persistent dip” in the jet stream and a delay in the warming of the lakes, which has left ice on the surface for longer than normal.

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