Some Canadians are concerned about this summer’s extreme weather, especially the record hot temperatures in British Columbia and the numerous forest fires blanketing the country in smoke. Climate researcher from the University of Ottawa says we would get used to conditions this bad or worse in the next few years.
Geography Professor Antoni Lewkowcz told CTV “I’d say yes, it is,” when asked if this summer’s extremes are the ‘new normal.’ Lewkowicz added that “in fact, it may not be as warm now as the new normal will be in the future, so this is what we can expect.” The comments he made come after the report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change this week.
Lytton B.C. has been severely affected by these extremes weather conditions. In June the town recorded a record temperature of 49.6 C and as of August 12 more than 650,000 hectares of land. In total there 264 fires burning in B.C. and 105 in northwestern Ontario, according to recent data.
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