A warm and sunny forecast

A boring forecast can be a good thing

Usually we look at a map that has to do with precipitation, but I thought I would take a break from those maps and look at a map that shows the global temperature anomalies as determined by NOAA for the month of June. Looking at the map, the red-shaded regions saw above-average temperatures while those areas in blue were below average. As you can see, most of the map is red. June 2014 was the warmest June on record, according to NOAA.

It’s been awhile, but it finally looks like we’ll see a prolonged period of dry, warm summer weather. After yet another stronger-than-usual upper low moved across the Prairies last weekend, it looks as if our region will be stuck right in the middle of a blocking pattern. Two stationary areas of low pressure are expected to develop — one off the West Coast and the other over northeastern Canada. This will place our region under a building ridge of high pressure that should bring plenty of sunshine, fairly light winds and warm temperatures — for the most part.

As the american forecasters are putting it, this forecast period looks to be boring. For most of us, I think that is probably a good thing. From wednesday to Friday of this week all regions should see mainly sunny skies, with highs in the upper 20s to low 30s, especially by the weekend. on sunday and Monday we could see a few thundershowers as a weak impulse slides southeast- wards along the edge of the upper-level ridge. this system will help to push the upper-level ridge back to the west a little and bring some slightly cooler air into our region. high temperatures on sunday and Monday are expected to be in the low to mid-20s, depending on cloud cover.

Cool high pressure will move in to start next week and under this high, we can expect plenty of sunshine along with slowly warming temperatures similar to this week. the western upper ridge will then start to rebuild eastwards as the week progresses. this means day- time highs will start off in the low 20s and warm into the upper 20s to low 30s by the end of the week.

About the author

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Daniel Bezte

Daniel Bezte is a teacher by profession with a BA (Hon.) in geography, specializing in climatology, from the U of W. He operates a computerized weather station near Birds Hill Park.



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