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The Weather Network’s Summer Outlook: Meteorologists Share what to Expect this Summer

June 4, 2012

A warm summer expected across the country

OAKVILLE, ON, June 4, 2012 /CNW/ – According to The Weather Network’s
Summer Outlook, released today, a warm summer is on the horizon, with
normal to above normal temperatures expected across the country. The
greatest chance for above normal temperatures will be across the
western Prairies as well as, Atlantic Canada, with most regions
experiencing extended periods of warm weather.

“As with any season, preparedness is key to managing what’s in store,”
says Chris Scott, Director of Meteorology with The Weather Network.
“Warm summer weather comes with the threat of damaging thunderstorms,
including tornadoes. We encourage Canadians to take precautions when
severe weather is forecast and check with us regularly.”

June 1(st) marked the official start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic
Ocean.  The season is expected to start off more active than usual due
to above normal sea surface temperatures. However, the possible
development of El Niño conditions later in the season may limit the
overall number of storms.

The Western Canada Summer
Near normal precipitation will dominate west of the Ontario/Manitoba
border.  Eastern British Columbia and Western Alberta are expected to
be in a warm pattern which could heighten the potential of forest

The Eastern Canada Summer
Above normal temperatures and precipitation are expected for Nova
Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland.  Near normal
temperatures and precipitation will dominate the rest of Eastern Canada
except for parts of Southern Ontario and Quebec which could see above
normal precipitation.

Severe Summer Weather Safety tips
Canadians should expect a normal amount of storms throughout the summer,
and with those summer storms comes the risk of lightning and tornadoes.
While indoors is the best place to be during severe weather, if you
can’t reach the safety of a building or vehicle, avoid high ground,
water, tall isolated trees and metal objects.

The Weather Network offers some additional tips to stay safe when storms
hit this summer:

Lightning Safety

        --  If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by
        --  Seek shelter in a building or in a metal topped vehicle.
        --  If no shelter is available, avoid high spots and tall
            objects. Make yourself small but do not lie flat on the ground.
        --  Stay away from windows, corded appliances and avoid running tap

Tornado Safety

        --  Listen to The Weather Network for updated storm information.
        --  If you are inside, go to the basement or an interior room on
            the lowest floor.
        --  If you are in a car, mobile home or outside and see a tornado,
            hurry to a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or
            low-lying area only if there is no shelter.
        --  After a tornado has passed, watch out for fallen power lines
            and stay out of the damaged area.

The Weather Network’s Summer Outlook is now available online. To learn even more about the expected conditions this summer, tune
into The Weather Network on June 4(th).

The Weather Network’s summer 2012 forecast

    |         Regions    |   Temperature outlook |  Precipitation outlook |
    |                    |Near normal to the west|Near normal for most of |
    |                    |off a line beginning   |BC. Drier than normal   |
    |                    |near Hope in the south,|conditions are expected |
    |                    |passing through Prince |for the northeast tip of|
    |                    |George and ending near |the province.           |
    |British Columbia    |Smith River in the     |                        |
    |                    |northern part of the   |                        |
    |                    |province. Warmer than  |                        |
    |                    |normal conditions      |                        |
    |                    |expected for eastern   |                        |
    |                    |part of the province.  |                        |
    |                    |Warmer than normal     |Near normal across the  |
    |                    |conditions are expected|province. Exceptions    |
    |                    |for most regions. Near |will be the north west  |
    |Alberta             |normal for the         |and south east tips of  |
    |                    |northeast tip of the   |the province where drier|
    |                    |province.              |than normal conditions  |
    |                    |                       |are expected.           |
    |                    |Warmer than normal     |Near normal             |
    |                    |conditions are expected|precipitation is        |
    |                    |for regions near the   |expected across most of |
    |Saskatchewan        |Alberta/Saskatchewan   |the province. Expect    |
    |                    |border. Near normal    |drier than normal       |
    |                    |temperatures are       |conditions in the       |
    |                    |forecasted elsewhere.  |extreme southwest.      |
    |                    |Near normal conditions |Near normal conditions  |
    |Manitoba            |are expected in the    |are expected in the     |
    |                    |province.              |province.               |
    |                    |Near normal conditions |Near normal for most of |
    |                    |are expected in the    |the province. Wetter    |
    |                    |province.              |than normal conditions  |
    |Ontario             |                       |are forecasted for areas|
    |                    |                       |close to Lake Ontario   |
    |                    |                       |and the St. Lawrence    |
    |                    |                       |River.                  |
    |                    |Near normal conditions |Near normal for most of |
    |                    |are expected in the    |Quebec. Wetter than     |
    |Québec              |province.              |normal conditions are   |
    |                    |                       |forecasted for the south|
    |                    |                       |west tip of the         |
    |                    |                       |province.               |
    |                    |Near normal for New    |Near normal for New     |
    |                    |Brunswick, Labrador,   |Brunswick, Labrador,    |
    |                    |Northern Peninsula in  |Northern Peninsula in   |
    |                    |Newfoundland and       |Newfoundland and western|
    |Atlantic Canada     |western PEI. Above     |PEI. Wetter than normal |
    |                    |normal for Nova Scotia |for Nova Scotia most of |
    |                    |most of Newfoundland   |Newfoundland and the    |
    |                    |and the eastern half of|eastern half of PEI.    |
    |                    |PEI.                   |                        |
    |                    |Near normal for        |Near normal for Nunavut,|
    |                    |Nunavut, Yukon and most|Yukon and most of the   |
    |Yukon, Northwest    |of Northwest           |Northwest Territories.  |
    |Territories, Nunavut|Territories. Expect    |Expect drier than normal|
    |                    |warmer than normal     |conditions in the south |
    |                    |conditions in the south|west tip of NWT.        |
    |                    |west tip of the NWT.   |                        |

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