Canadian Geographic - - CLIMATE CHANGE -

Last year was Canada’s eighth-warm­est in 70 years, with tem­per­a­tures across the coun­try 1.4 C higher than av­er­age. Other parts of the coun­try ex­pe­ri­enced their worst weather in years, with tem­per­a­ture and pre­cip­i­ta­tion ex­tremes. Bri­tish Columbia had its wettest spring fol­lowed by its dri­est sum­mer to date, spark­ing one of the prov­ince’s worst recorded wild­fire sea­sons (now sur­passed by the 2018 sea­son). Hot tem­per­a­tures and stormy weather of the kind shown above in Three Hills, Alta., plagued the rest of the West and the East, with Cal­gary ex­pe­ri­enc­ing its hottest May-to-au­gust pe­riod since 1881 and parts of Que­bec en­dur­ing a heat wave that was linked to more than 90 deaths and left Mon­treal­ers seek­ing re­lief in wa­ter foun­tains. Rain flooded On­tario and Que­bec, the lat­ter of which saw the most spring rain in 147 years, and bliz­zards hit New­found­land in March, caus­ing more dam­age than Hur­ri­cane Igor (one of the worst weather events in mem­ory in At­lantic Canada) in 2010.

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