It has been an interesting long weekend for weather, with a heatwave striking the east and west edges of the Canada and tornado cautions in Ontario and Quebec. Environment Canada indicates that there are currently heat warnings in six provinces and one territory: Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Alberta, Saskatchewan, New Brunswick, and British Columbia.
In showing how far-reaching the heat is, Alberta and New Brunswick are almost entirely covered in red. From Monday and beyond, most of these heat warnings are expected to continue. The temperatures will be much higher than people are used to, as these warnings mean slightly different temperatures across the country.
With some cooler spots anticipated on Monday in Calgary, it indicates that daytime temperatures will be close to 29 degrees Celsius. In Fredericton, it is expected there would be N.B., temperatures of 28 C to 31 C, with a humidex of 34 C to 38 C.
This could last for at least the next two days. People are advised to stay hydrated and keep a close eye on those who are most at risk from increased heat and change outdoor plans to indoor ones.
Besides, in a few days, New Brunswick is also preparing to be struck by tropical storm Isaias. When the storm arrives on Wednesday or Thursday, it could bring heavy rainfall and gusts of wind to the province. Starting from Monday morning, regular updates on the tropical storm will be posted by the Canadian Hurricane Centre. Nunavut may not be officially facing a heatwave yet, though, “warm air over western Canada will work its way eastward today and remain in the area until at least Wednesday.”According to Environment Canada, this resulting wave of warmth is expected to end up in record-breaking highs for several communities in Nunavut.
Heat is not the main concern this long weekend in Central Canada. Several areas in Ontario and southern Quebec are having rainfall warnings, or severe thunderstorm watch notices. For much of Sunday afternoon, the threat of a tornado has been hanging over the Ottawa-Gatineau region and surrounding areas. According to Environment Canada, a storm system menacing the area was capable of producing a tornado.