April 15, 2010
According to Environment Canada, Ontario will see a warmer and drier summer.

According to climatologist David Phillips, temperatures should see more days this summer hover above 30 C, resulting in more hours of sunshine and less rain than the last two years. The weather service defines the time period as the months of June, July and August.

Officially, Environment Canada doesn’t release its summer forecast until June 1, but models are developed early with the help of the weather service’s supercomputer.

“Initially it looks like it will be drier than normal and warmer than normal,” says Phillips. The past two summers were the wettest on record.  In 2008 — the summer with the record rainfall — Toronto received close to 400 millimetres of rain. In the summer of 2009, the region received 300 millimetres. The normal amount is 228 millimetres.