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Environment Canada predicts warm, dry summer for Kootenay region

A heat treat is in store for those who have suffered through one of the toughest winters — and a grim spring — in West Kootenay history.

Environment Canada is predicting that this summer will be very warm and very dry, much more than normal.

In its preliminary summer forecast, the national weather service said temperatures will be above normal, but can't say yet by how much. However, there is no certainty this summer will blaze past last year’s — the third warmest on record in BC and the West Kootenay.

The final forecast for the summer will be released on June 1, which could mean a change in the sunny outlook.

British Columbia and the West Kootenay region is expected to see below normal amounts of precipitation this summer, while the western Prairies are expected to be wetter than normal.

Last year at this time, many parts of the country were enjoying warm weather, including the West Kootenay where the snow had been gone for nearly two months.

But this year the growing season is two weeks late, as opposed to last year at this time when the growing season started two weeks early.

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