After a blistering hot week, temperatures are forecasted to return back to seasonal heading into summer, with daily highs hovering around 20 and nightly lows just above freezing, according to Environment Canada.
Early June saw Golden set new records during the spring heat-wave, with Wednesday, June 2’s high of 31.5 degrees celsius setting a record for highest temperature, dating back to 1902.
Environment Canada is predicting a near normal to above average summer in terms of temperature, according to their temperature and precipitation probabilistic forecast. The forecast lays out what the government department believes June-July-August will look like in the area.
The same forecast is predicting below average precipitation for the upcoming summer months.
Province wide, a hotter, drier summer is expected, with most of the province experiencing a relatively dry May.
Weather Network Chief Meteorologist Chris Scott said B.C. could be at a high risk for forest fires this summer. However, he predicts the northern parts of the province could have higher-than-normal levels of precipitation.
“This summer, we think we’ll have a few more of those nice days, so if that means getting to the beach or going to the park, camping, this is a good looking summer across most of the country,” he said as the network released its summer forecast Tuesday.
“However, there is a downside for areas that are expected to see a hot and dry summer.”
Golden saw 22.6 mm of rain in May, which is less than last year’s 38.4 mm but over the average for the area over the last five years, which typically falls in the 10-20 mm range.
June is typically the wettest month of the year in B.C., with a wet month being crucial to avoiding droughts and forest fires according to Scott.
With files from The Canadian Press