Canada Predicts Hotter-Than-Average Summer As Peak Wildfire Season Approaches

by | Jun 12, 2024 | Daily News, Environmental News

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According to the latest reports, Canada predicts a hotter-than-average summer and slightly below-average precipitation in central regions. Government officials made this announcement on June 11. This forecast offers little relief from the ongoing drought and raises concerns about another severe wildfire season.

Canada Predicts Hotter Than Average Summer

Last Year’s Devastating Fire Season

Canada faced its worst-ever fire season last year. Over 6,600 wildfires burnt 15 million hectares, which is an area roughly seven times the annual average. Low snowfall and an unusually warm winter led to widespread drought.

In April, the government warned that 2024 could be another “catastrophic” year for fires. Out-of-control forest fires in British Columbia and Alberta forced large-scale evacuations this spring.

Cooler weather in late May and early June helped reduce fire activity. Rain across the prairies also improved drought conditions. However, 45% of the country remains abnormally dry, according to Agriculture Canada.

Weather Forecasts and Risks

Jennifer Smith a meteorologist with the Meteorological Service of Canada, reported that weather models predict warmer-than-normal temperatures across most of the country. This will reportedly be the case for the next three months, except along the coast of British Columbia.

The models also suggest less rain than usual in central Canada. However, they could not provide reliable predictions for other regions. “Canadians need to be ready for a warmer summer that could be met with drier conditions across the country,” Smith. These conditions could lead to increased wildfires and smoke.

So far, the 2024 fire season has been quieter than last year, with 511,000 hectares burned year-to-date. It was 4.7 million hectares at the same point in 2023, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. However, wildfire activity typically increases during July and August.

New Measures for Air Quality and Public Safety

In response to feedback from last summer, the federal Environment Ministry is introducing a new air quality advisory system and daily smoke forecast maps. Officials said these tools aim to better inform Canadians about the health risks from wildfire smoke.

As peak wildfire season approaches, the government urges Canadians to stay informed and prepared. The combination of hotter temperatures and dry conditions could make this summer particularly challenging. Authorities continue to monitor the situation closely and are ready to respond to any wildfire emergencies.

In summary, as Canada predicts a hotter-than-average summer, it’s a concerning situation. Canada is gearing up for a potentially difficult summer, marked by higher temperatures and the threat of wildfires. While recent rains have provided some relief, the country remains on alert.

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    Sarah Tancredi is an experienced journalist and news reporter specializing in environmental and climate crisis issues. With a deep passion for the planet and a commitment to raising awareness about pressing environmental challenges, Sarah has dedicated her career to informing the public and promoting sustainable solutions. She strives to inspire individuals, communities, and policymakers to take action to safeguard our planet for future generations.

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