Summer in Ottawa: Heat and humidity could bring more storms

With the warm weather here, beachgoers are enjoying the sunshine, but experts predict this summer’s above-normal heat could mean more intense storms.

“For this three-month period in the Ottawa Valley, we’re reporting that it’s warmer than normal,” said David Phillips, Environment Canada’s senior climatologist.

Humidity is expected to be high this year, bringing more summer storms to the region than in previous years.

“We have on average maybe 20, 25, 27 thunderstorm days. And any of them could be a garden variety thunderstorm or they could be some kind of roaring day with a lot of damage and destruction. ‘lightning and so on,” says Phillips. “I can’t imagine anything more serious than what you had on May 21. It was for the record books. It was kind of a legendary storm. .

The May 21 storm nearly destroyed Hydro Ottawa‘s power grid, and many homeowners are promising to be better prepared for the next big storm.

“The first thing I did when we had that tornado a few years ago was buy myself a generator, get all my outlets, be able to plug everything in,” says resident Darlene Smith. from Ottawa.

“I can’t say I’m 100% ready,” says Debbie Boyle, “but my eyes are definitely open to being a little smarter and a little more prepared.

“I would say I’ve prepared myself now after going through it,” says Ottawa resident Kendra Banks. “But you just have to take it day by day.”

Meanwhile, in Canada, summer is a short season and people enjoy the heat.

“Personally, I like warm weather,” Boyle said. “I don’t like wet weather but I like hot weather.”

Smith agrees on the humidity.

“Once it gets wet, I’m in the house. Forget it,” she said.

“I love the sun,” says Bethany Joy, an Ottawa resident. “I can’t get enough of that vitamin D, that’s for sure. Just be a little careful as the UV index today is seven, so please wear your sunscreen.

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