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Toronto/CMEDIA: Most of Canada would most likely be witnessing higher-than-normal temperatures until at least the end of August, Environment and Climate Change Canada has said in a press release.
Some regions have already been seeing these higher temperatures, and with atypical temperatures in the northern Prairies, northern Ontario and northern Quebec throughout June so far.
During the coming summer months, these higher temperatures would expectedly be seen by these regions as well as the rest of Ontario and Quebec, British Columbia and Atlantic Canada.
A few coastal regions of B.C., the eastern edge of Newfoundland and Labrador and some northern areas of Nunavut are more likely to see temperatures near the normal range.
The sweltering temperatures expected this summer can be tracked to climate change, the agency said.
“Climate change is already affecting the frequency, duration, and intensity of extreme weather- and climate-related events in Canada,” the release stated. “Climate models indicate the country is warming at roughly double the global rate, especially in the north, which will lead to more damaging weather events.”
For the last couple of months, wildfires, dry conditions and heat have plagued communities from B.C. to Quebec to Nova Scotia.
With still numerous wildfires burning in the north of B.C., including one at Donnie Creek, which is now the largest fire in the province’s history, according to officials, Prince Edward Island is still burning, and special air quality statements are in place for part of northern B.C.
In Quebec, smog warnings are in effect for several regions due to forest fires.
The northwestern portion of Ontario is under multi-day heat warning ranging from temperatures in the high 20s to the mid-30s, for some regions, “extreme heat will continue through the week with little to no relief,”said Environment Canada.
“Climate change also brings more intense rainfalls, which are expected to increase urban flood risks, and coastal flooding is expected to increase in many areas of Canada due to local sea-level rise,” the release stated. “The average intensity of hurricanes is also expected to increase, though an increase in the total number of tropical cyclones is not expected.”
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