Spring Marks 16th Consecutive Season of Warmer Temperatures
Summer Temperatures Are Expected To Be Above Normal
Over Most of Canada
OTTAWA - June 14, 2001 -Canadian temperatures
were again above normal this spring, continuing an uninterrupted
record of above normal seasonal temperatures since the summer of
1997. Temperatures are also expected to be above normal over most of
Canada during the summer season.
The Climate Trends and Variations Bulletin for Canada,
released this week by the Meteorological Service of Canada at
Environment Canada, provides a cross-country look at temperatures
and precipitation for the spring 2001 season (March, April, and May
2001) and compares it to climate data from the past 54 years.
Environment Canada also issued its Quarterly Seasonal
Temperature and Precipitation Outlook forecast for the months of
June, July and August 2001.
Highlights from The Climate Trends and Variations Bulletin for
- Nationally averaged mean temperatures have been above normal
during the last 16 seasons without interruption (from summer 1997 to
- Spring 2001 in Canada was the 7th warmest on record,
with temperatures 1.6° C above normal (based on preliminary data).
Most of the country experienced 1-2° C
above normal temperatures, with Northern Ontario and Quebec having
temperatures more than 4° C above
normal. Both the east and west coasts of Canada had temperatures
near normal this spring. The warmest spring in Canada was recorded
in 1998, with temperatures at 3.2° C
above normal. The coolest spring was recorded in 1974, with
temperatures 1.8° C below normal.
- The region in Canada with the highest above-normal temperature
this spring was recorded in the Nunavut region (+2.3
°C). The Atlantic Canada region experienced
the lowest above-normal temperature, this spring (+0.2
- A band of wetter than normal conditions, running from north to
south through Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Manitoba, and northern
Ontario, split up the drier than normal conditions felt in the
Maritimes, western Saskatchewan, Alberta, eastern British Columbia,
and the Yukon.
- Overall, spring 2001 in Canada was the 18th wettest on
record, with precipitation at 6.3% above normal. The wettest spring
was in 1979, with precipitation 28.8% above normal. The driest
spring was in 1956 with precipitation 21.3% below average.
- Both the Yukon/ North B.C. Mountains (-24.6%) and the Prairies
(-21.5%) Regions experienced their 13th driest spring. The region,
including the eastern Arctic islands experienced its 8th
wettest spring with precipitation 34% above normal.
Highlights from the Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation
Outlook for June, July and August 2001:
- Temperatures are expected to be above normal over most of Canada
except over northern Québec, Labrador, eastern Nunavut,
western Alberta, most of British Columbia and the Yukon where
temperatures are expected to be near normal.
- Precipitation is expected to be above normal over most of
Newfoundland, central and southern Ontario, certain sections of
northern Saskatchewan and Alberta, most of British Columbia,
southern Yukon and certain sections of the Northwest Territories and
of Nunavut. Precipitation should be below normal over most of
Labrador, the southern portions of the Prairie Provinces, northern
Yukon and Northwest Territories, and western Nunavut. Elsewhere,
precipitation is expected to be near normal.
As the accuracy of long-range forecasts varies from region to
region and from season to season, we suggest that you consult the
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