With temperatures forecast to drop to the mid-30s in some parts of Canada, the first weather report released Monday morning by Environment Canada shows the weather for the first quarter of 2019 has been quite brutal.
The agency’s annual Climate Change Alert survey shows the average daily temperature across the country is set to be just 2.4C, well below the average average of 3.3C.
In the Lower Mainland, the average is 4.7C, with the worst daily temperature of 5.7.
“The coldest month for Canada is June,” said Environment Canada meteorologist Chris Leach.
“So in the wintertime, June is one of the coldest months.”
As for the cold, the agency says the average high temperature for June in Vancouver is minus 14.8C, the colder than average for June on record.
“We see the temperatures in the Lower North Shore in particular being the cold,” Leach said.
“They’re in the negative seven degrees.”
And while some of the heat-wave conditions are being driven by high winds, it’s not the only culprit.
The weather agency says that, as a result of the El Nino weather phenomenon, the number of high-intensity storms has been on the rise, increasing from 0.5 per cent of all high-impact storms in 2019 to 6.6 per cent in 2019.
As a result, the El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to lead to more severe weather in Canada by the end of the year.
Leach said the El Niños are likely to play a role in a lot of severe weather that may have occurred this summer and fall, including flooding and mudslides.
The weather agency said it expects the number to increase in the coming weeks and months, but it is also looking at a lot more precipitation events and some snow.
“In the next several months we’re likely to see more intense events and a lot less snow,” Leatch said.
“If you’re looking at the record high temperature in the country and we’re seeing a lot fewer days of snow, that’s not a good thing for our economy, it doesn’t support tourism.”
Environment Canada said it’s working with the provinces and territories to plan the next round of weather reports.
The latest weather report shows average daily temperatures across the province of British Columbia have risen 2.3 degrees, while the average temperature for the Lower Northwest Territories has dropped 1.7 degrees.