It was a long, cold winter with a very slow start to spring, but once the temperatures popped, they got very warm, very quickly. So will Westman be rewarded now with a beautiful summer?
Meteorologists at the Weather Network have weighed in with their prognostications in a summer outlook for the months of June, July and August — and the verdict is middling.
"We’re finally seeing a turnaround across central Canada after months of well below normal temperatures," said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist at the Weather Network.
However, he noted that, much like the cooler trend experienced this spring, areas from Manitoba through Ontario should expect below normal temperatures through the summer. That doesn’t mean an unpleasant summer, however.
"While temperatures are expected to average slightly below normal from Manitoba through Ontario, we expect this summer will still have its share of warm days," Scott said.
The outlook predicts normal temperatures for B.C., the Yukon and parts of southwest New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
"The hottest weather across the country will be found in the B.C. Interior where above normal temperatures are expected," he said.
Developing El Niño conditions in the Pacific Ocean is the main foundation of this year’s summer outlook. That should mean there's a lesser likelihood of drought scenarios in crop lands and grain-producing regions across the Prairies due to normal or above normal precipitation.
In the shorter term, a typically changeable weather pattern will dominate the country for the first half of June. An active jet stream across the southern half of Canada will keep any scorching heat suppressed to the U.S. and deliver bouts of cooler weather at times.
While many regions are starting the month with sultry conditions, more seasonal temperatures are expected over the next two weeks. The most widespread precipitation over the next couple weeks will likely occur across the Prairies, through Northern Ontario into Central Quebec and Atlantic Canada.
The Manitoba-specific portion of the outlook calls for generally-below normal temperatures but near normal temperatures in the northeast and far north. When it comes to precipitation, the outlook predicts near-normal levels across much of the south and far north, however it could be rainer than normal elsewhere, in particular across the Canadian Shield.