'2016 Canada summer forecast: Severe storms to strike East; hot, dry weather to worsen drought, exacerbate wildfires in West
AccuWeather reports much of Canada is in for a very warm summer this year as extended periods of hot and dry weather grip large areas of the country.
The most intense heat will focus on British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, worsening the drought and increasing the risk for wildfires.
Meanwhile, the threat of damaging storms will stretch across parts of Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick.
People from southern Ontario to the Atlantic coast can expect not only a warmer-than-normal summer, but also periods of unsettled, potentially high-impact weather.
"July could be an active month in terms of severe thunderstorms, especially from southern and eastern Ontario through southern Quebec and interior New Brunswick," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson said.
This includes the cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City, Windsor and Hamilton.
The primary threat with the severe storms will likely be gusty winds and flooding downpours as hot, steamy air spreads into the region from the south.