Forest fire near River Glade, NB, 07 May 2013 (Dearing)
A wet, cold spring and a dry, humid July have led to one of the quietest forest fire seasons in recent memory in New Brunswick.
Statistics show 152 fires for the season to date which compares to 206 fires over the past ten years.
Last year was also much busier with 242 fires recorded by the middle of August.
Provincial wildfire officials say although July was warmer than normal, high humidity levels helped prevent fires from starting and from spreading.
Thunderstorms rolling across Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec this weekend brought an end to oppressive heat and humidity.
Toronto residents were trying to keep cool Saturday when the mercury soared to 33.0°C with a stifling humidex of 44 and Montreal reported similar conditions.
In the Maritimes, even typically cooler coastal areas were warm with new record highs set in Saint John and Grand Manan.
The temperature in Greater Moncton peaked at 32.4°C which fell short of the record of 33.5°C from 1991.
A brief, violent thunderstorm hit Halifax on Sunday afternoon with flash flooding and strong winds knocking out power to more than 44,000 Nova Scotians.
Saint John River at Perth-Andover, NB, 16 July 2019 (Dearing)
The next heat wave across Eastern Canada could be the warmest period yet this summer with daytime highs in the low 30’s C and humidex values near 40.
Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec have been blanketed with heat warnings from Environment Canada with hot, humid days and warm nights expected this weekend.
Temperatures in the Maritimes for Saturday and Sunday could reach 30 C but a cold front will bring cooler and drier air by Monday.
A mini heat wave already brought highs of 29 C and 30 C earlier this week in Greater Moncton.
The view from Economy Point, NS, 03 July 2019 (Dearing)
After a cool and wet start to summer, a blast of heat is heading to the Maritime Provinces over the next few days.
Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for most of New Brunswick – excluding the Fundy coast – and western Nova Scotia while other areas under a special weather statement.
A warm, humid air mass is moving into the region today raising daytime temperatures to 30°C or more.
Humidex values near 40 are expected and overnight lows may not fall below 18°C providing little relief from the heat.
Near normal values will return late Saturday as a cold front arrives.
Heat warnings are also in place for parts of Ontario and Quebec where it climbed into the low 30s yesterday.
Atlantic Canada could feel an impact from Tropical Storm Chris which has formed off the coast of the Southeastern U.S.
The Canadian Hurricane Centre says the third named storm of 2018 will move northeastward and possibly strengthen to become a hurricane by early Wednesday.
The storm could weaken as it approaches Nova Scotia by Thursday.
The CHC notes there is still uncertainty in the forecast track and intensity of this system.
Beryl is the second named storm but first hurricane of the season and has been down downgraded to a tropical storm as it heads toward Puerto Rico.
Meantime, Environment Canada issued another heat warning for New Brunswick except the Fundy coast, Prince Edward Island and northern Nova Scotia as a warm, humid air mass pushes highs into the low 30s C with humidex values up to 38 on Monday.
Bouctouche Dunes coastline, NB, 01 July 2018 (Dearing)
Record highs could be broken in Greater Moncton over the next couple of days if forecast highs in the low to mid 30s C are reached on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Environment Canada has issued a rare heat warning for New Brunswick, mainland Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island with cooler conditions along the coast.
A warm, humid airmass is expected to push humidex values about 40 during the day and barely falling below 18 C at night – dangerous levels for those susceptible to heat.
Forecasters believe warm, humid weather will persist until later this week when a cold front brings temperatures closer to normal for the weekend.
A severe thunderstorm rolls through Greater Moncton ahead of warmer weather, 29 June 2018 (Dearing)
At long last, warm weather is finally pushing into New Brunswick after the coldest June in recent memory.
Environment Canada says a warm, humid air mass will settle over the Maritimes this weekend and persist into next week.
Temperatures in the low 30s Celsius are expected with high humidity making it feel much warmer.
Relief will come along coastal areas which can expect slightly cooler conditions.
Thanks to high pressure and a jet stream surging north, New Brunswick will feel the heat over the next two days.
Greater Moncton is expecting a high of 30 C today and 31 C tomorrow with humidex values between 30 and 36.
Environment Canada says the warmest conditions will be from mid-afternoon to early evening and precautions should be taken in extreme heat.
The passing of a cold front this weekend will bring temperatures closer to normal.
Warm weather in Ontario heading to the Maritimes, 17 May 2017 (TWN)
A high pressure system is pushing warm, southerly air into the Maritimes with highs approaching 30 C tomorrow in New Brunswick.
Environment Canada says humidex values could climb to 39 which has led to a Level 1 Heat Alert for Fredericton and St. Stephen.
The provincial health department issues this alert when anyone vulnerable to the heat may be affected.
Greater Moncton could break a record on Thursday if the temperature reaches the forecast high of 28 C.
Thermometer reading in NW Moncton, 24 July 2016 (Dearing)
The New Brunswick Department of Health issued a Level 1 Heat Alert for Greater Moncton, Miramichi and Fredericton today.
A very warm day with a high of 29 C could lead to humidex values of 35 of more – prompting a heat alert from the province.
The system was rolled out to all major cities in New Brunswick this summer after a successful pilot project in Fredericton.
New Brunswickers are urged to take precautions to keep cool such as seeking shade or air conditioning, drinking lots of liquids, checking on those most vulnerable and never leaving children or pets in vehicles.