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Hot, dry summer in the offing for southern Alberta, according to AccuWeather

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LETHBRIDGE, AB – It may not feel like it heading into the May long weekend, but it appears we could be in for a toasty summer across this part of Alberta.

Online forecaster, AccuWeather has released its 2021 Canada Summer Forecast.

Indications are we will see above normal temperatures and very little rainfall in the months of June, July and August.

Forecaster Brett Anderson says southern Alberta, in particular is expected to see quite warm weather this summer.

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“We’re forecasting below normal rainfall for much of the southern third of Alberta and southern third of Saskatchewan,” says Anderson. “If that holds on, I’m very confident we are going to see several days well above 30°C.”

The above normal summer temperatures are forecast to impact an area stretching from the B.C. interior all the way through southern Saskatchewan.

Anderson says their modelling shows the main storm tracks will end up getting pushed farther north and south of this region, lessening the risk of more active thunderstorms this summer. “What that mean’s for us usually (in southern Alberta) is hotter and drier weather to dominate for the summer.”

There’s also a concern if this forecast comes to fruition, that will heighten drought concerns across the prairies. Anderson notes it’s a good thing we are getting some damper weather in this area now, because after this there doesn’t appear to be much in the way of precipitation for the next few months if what the computer modelling turns out to be the case.

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The eastern part of Canada is most likely to see stormier summer weather over the next few months, particularly Ontario and Quebec.

You read AccuWeather’s entire summer 2021 forecast for Canada here: 2021 Canada Summer Forecast

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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