Canada’s Top 10 Weather Stories 2017


Icy road on the Acadian Peninsula, 27 Jan 2017 (Twitter)

Canada had the eighth warmest period in 70 years of reporting weather in 2017, with temperatures averaging 1.4°C above normal.

From a list of 100 significant weather events across the country, Environment Canada picked the top 10 weather stories of the year:

1. Long and destructive summer wildfire season in British Columbia

2. Hot and dry summer in the West from Interior BC to Manitoba

3. Spring flooding in Quebec and Ontario

4. Cold and snowy winter in BC including Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island

5. More heavy rain and flooding in Southwestern Ontario during late August

6. Cool and wet summer in Central Canada

7. Heavy snow cripples Ontario and Quebec in mid-March

8. Record heat across Eastern Canada during September

9. Blizzards hit Newfoundland in March and April

10. Lengthy ice storm impacts New Brunswick in late January


Winter returns to the U.K.


Snow covers a vehicle in Aviemore, Scotland, UK, 25 April 2017 (BBC Weather)

Arctic air has enveloped the United Kingdom with heavy snow in Scotland and northern England and near freezing temperatures as far south as London.

Forecasters say snow in late April is not uncommon and actually fell over parts of the country around the same time last year.

Temperatures struggled to reach 10 C today after a hard frost early this morning.

This cold snap is a far cry from record breaking heat earlier this month when the thermometer climbed to 26 C in southern England and a mild March which was the fifth warmest ever for the U.K.

Sizzling September heat!

Hot, humid weather made a comeback in Southern Ontario yesterday with humidex values soaring near 45 in some areas.

Environment Canada reported new heat records were set at Toronto Buttonville Airport hitting 35.0°C, Windsor at 34.6°C and Collingwood at 33.7°C.

The hotspot was Sarnia at an unseasonable 35.9°C (almost 97°F).

Some of that heat filtered into New Brunswick today – St. Stephen climbed to 28.5°C with a humidex of 37 and even Moncton reached 23°C with a humidex of 31.

The heat is on!

Thermometer reading in Riverview, NB, 31 July 2012 (TWN)

Greater Moncton experienced its warmest day so far this summer when the temperature climbed to 31.6 C today – just shy of the record of 32.2 C from 1949.

But records were set in at least three other New Brunswick communities.

The hotspot was Kouchibouguac reaching 32.9 C with other new records set in Fredericton at 31.6 C and Bouctouche at 31.3 C.

Hot as an oven in Ontario

Courtesy The Weather Network, 17 July 2012

Ontario baked in temperatures which rose into the high 30’s Celsius on Tuesday – the hottest weather of the summer to date.

New records were set in a number of cities including Windsor at 37.8 C (which is 100 F!) and Toronto at 36.8 C.

The high heat and humidity prompted Environment Canada to issue a humidex advisory for most of the region and an extreme heat alert was also in place in Toronto.

NB record highs smashed!

Tulips growing in Moncton, 21 March 2012 (TWN)

Temperature records across New Brunswick were not just broken today – they were smashed!

Environment Canada says the current “heat wave” has recorded the highest readings ever in March in many areas.

At least ten communities in the province broke record highs today including the Greater Moncton Airport at 25.3 C, smashing the old record of 16.7 C from 1976.

The hotpsot in New Brunswick was St. Stephen at 27.7 C, slightly below Canada’s highest reading at Petawawa, Ontario with 28.8 C.

The unbelievable March heat is expected to continue tomorrow when more records could fall.


Heat record missed by a hair

Toronto Pearson hit 37.5 C or 99 F on 21 July 2011 (courtesy The Weather Channel)

Toronto’s Pearson Airport was close to setting an all-time record high yesterday but missed it by a fraction of a degree.

By 5-pm on 21 July 2011, the thermometer had soared to 37.5 C, making it Toronto’s fourth-hottest day ever.

According to measurements taken at Pearson, Toronto’s heat record was set Aug. 25, 1948 when it was 38.3 C and records date back to 1937.

Toronto also issued an extreme heat alert as the humidex made the city feel like 49 C part of the day and the hottest neighbourhood was reportedly St Clair West Village at 39.1 C.