Issued: Monday, June 15, 2009 Covering: June 17 –June 24

Maybe I should be a pessimist more often. After months and months of trying to see the best possible outcomes in the weather models, last week I finally gave in, went to the dark side and what happens? The weather ends up taking the optimistic path!

The big question that’s now on most people’s minds is whether this switch in the pattern will be short lived or we’ve finally busted out of the long-term cold weather funk we’ve been in.

Well, if it’s OK to switch back from the dark side, the current medium-to long-range weather outlook is looking pretty nice. Most of the models are predicting that we should see highs in the mid-20s right through to the end of the month, with a few days pushing the 30C mark.

During the first half of this forecast period, the models show a disorganized area of low pressure pushing through our region. This will bring a mix of sun and clouds along with a chance of showers and thundershowers on Thursday and Friday. Areas along near the U. S. border will have the best chance of seeing rain. This low will pull out by the weekend, allowing high pressure to build in, bringing sunny skies and mild temperatures.

The first half of next week looks to be warm and relatively dry with a rather slack flow over our region. With no strong weather systems around, we should see more sun than clouds, with temperatures continuing on the mild side aided by the strong late-June sun. Once again with the warm temperatures will come the chance for late-afternoon and evening thunderstorms.

Usual temperature range for this period: Highs: 20 to 29C. Lows: 7 to 15C.

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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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