BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
Torrential rain, hail, thunderstorms and a temperature dip to 10°C were the order of the day this Monday, just five short days until the calendar turns over into July.
Take a quick glance at the Farmers’ Almanac summer forecast and a definite theme jumps out at you - rain, rain and more rain! Throw in some occasional thunder and hail, mix in a tornado or two and you pretty much have the recipe for what’s in store July and August in Ontario. Less-than-summer-like temperatures are supposed to dominate as well.
You might argue with the Almanac’s prognostications (they claim to have an approximate 80% success rate). But so far, our own anecdotal evidence would suggest they could be right. Ontario has had some of the most rainfall in years for the months of May and June. Recent storms have brought high winds, thunderstorms, hail and yes, even tornadoes.
Looking ahead at the long-range forecast, “heat wave” is not a phrase you’ll be uttering much either. In fact, according to The Weather Network, 26°C is about as warm as it gets through July and August.
Contrast this with last year’s 33 days of 30°C or higher temperatures for the months of June, July and August in Toronto and you can see that the summer of 2017 in Ontario will be nothing much to write home about.
Our only hope is that the meteorologists could be wrong. After all, what other job let’s you make mistakes so often without threat of losing your employment?
So keep your sunscreen and parasols ready, right next to the umbrella, goulashes and raincoat. Pull them out like a gunslinger on the word “draw!” (or perhaps the word “sun!”)
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