The weather is just getting hotter, wetter and wilder in Canada this weekend, just in time for the Canada Day holiday weekend. While most people have their fingers crossed for sunny weather for Canada Day, some areas have been issued unusually warm weather warnings, and it might just get too hot…

Environment Canada has released a special weather report for the Yukon area, and has told residents to be aware that a heat warning could be issued at any time, if temperatures continue to be unexpectedly hot. 

This is the latest in a series of extreme and bizarre weather in the country in the run-up to Canada Day long weekend, as some provinces in Canada this week have already seen extraordinarily large hail, tornado and flash flood warnings, and even lightning that has caused house fires.

The Environment Canada website lists certain areas around Yukon, in particular Beaver Creek, Dawson, Mayo and Pelly - Carmacks, as areas that have a ‘special weather statement’ in place. The report reads that there is ‘unseasonably’ warm weather expected today, for the start of the Canada Day weekend.

According to the report, both Saturday and Sunday are shaping up to be hot and sunny days with cloudy periods in the afternoons. On Sunday, there is the possibility of isolated showers throughout the afternoon. It is expected that temperatures in these Yukon areas will reach approximately 5 degrees higher than normal seasonal temperatures for this time of year.  

The statement says that temperatures are likely to get close to 28°C, which is the Heat Warning criteria if it lasts for two days or more and has an overnight temperature of higher than 13°C.

Environment Canada’s report confirmed that the amount of cloud cover, forest fire smoke and overnight cooling is still unknown, and therefore no exact temperatures can yet be determined. That said, the statement does say that a Heat Warning will be issued if conditions warrant.

Whatever your plans are for this long weekend, keep an eye on the weather forecast near you. For anywhere with a warm weather statement in place, remember to keep hydrated, wear your sunnies and apply sunscreen! Happy Canada Day!

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