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Hot, dry summer expected for western Canada; drought concerns on the prairies

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OAKVILLE, ON – If this week is any indication, it’s going to be scorcher of a summer across the prairies.

The Weather Network has released its summer 2021 outlook for the country.

It shows above normal temperatures across southern Alberta for June, July, and August and that will extend through to pretty much all of the southern part of western Canada.

The Weather Network’s Chief Forecaster, Chris Scott says we can expect many more sunny days than usual this summer, but the downside of the expected heat is concerns about worsening drought conditions.

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That also brings with it a heightened risk of grass and forest fires which could impact air quality. The threat of thunderstorms meanwhile, is expected to be less than in a typical prairie summer.

Most of Alberta remains under heat warnings for this first week of June with temps between 28°C and 35°C expected for the rest of this week.

As for the rest of Canada, conditions are forecast to be near normal this summer. The Weather Network forecast is very similar to the one released last week by online forecaster, AccuWeather.

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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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