© Matthew Gourlie
A scary cloud moves over Moose Jaw on Tuesday, June 26, 2012.
By Lisa Goudy
The weather has been pretty wild this summer with storms, but that's just the beginning.
“It’s not over. We shouldn’t necessarily write an obituary on the summer severe weather,” said David Phillips, senior climatologist at Environment Canada. “What we’re seeing clearly coming up this week is really, I think, almost the opening act to what we think July and August will be.”
Despite some days that have been warmer than normal temperatures, Phillips said generally late May and June have been cooler than normal. Beginning on Wednesday, Phillips said to expect warmer than normal temperatures and lots of sunshine.
Temperatures are expected to hover around 29 and 30 Celsius. Environment Canada models indicate the warmer and drier than normal temperatures will continue into August.
“It’s going to be sustained weather. It’s not going to be just one day here and one day there,” said Phillips. “This is the beginning of a real gorgeous stretch of really summer-like weather.”
However, with the heat comes an increased risk of severe storms. He said July is typically a “peak month for some of this activity” including tornadoes, thunderstorms and hail.