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Staff – The Weather Network is predicting a hot and dry summer for most of Western Canada.

“This summer looks to be a warmer version of the pattern we saw across Canada last year, with the hottest weather anchored over Western Canada,” said Chris Scott, the network’s chief meteorologist.

Rains that provided much-needed relief in late May and June will give way to drier conditions, raising the prospect of drought on the Prairies and wildfires in B.C., the network said. It is also predicting a stormy summer across southern Ontario and southern Quebec.

The number of rainy days will be average but more intense rainstorms will bring above average amounts of precipitation, it said.

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