Hot summer predicted for East Central Alberta

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Summer is here– or, rather, it’s supposed to be!
Meteorologists at the Weather Network released their forecasts for summer in Canada on June 4, 2013.
“Although most of Canada can expect a typical summer with near to above normal temperatures similar to last year,” said the Weather Network. “We predict a variable start to the season with stretches of warm weather sandwiched between some cool snaps in June.”
What will the weather look like in Alberta this summer?
Temperature wise, Alberta is predicted to see above normal numbers for the extreme south, west and east central parts. Every other region in Alberta should see normal seasonal temperatures.
Precipitation wise, the regions most likely to experience above normal amounts of rain are the ones in the north and the east along the Saskatchewan border.  The extreme southwest should see below normal levels of precipitation.
Summer’s typical hot, humid weather in many parts of Canada means an increased chance of severe thunderstorm activity, including tornadoes.

Here are the Weather Network’s tips on how to stay safe when a storm hits this summer:

Lightning Safety
When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! – If you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning.
Seek shelter in a building or in a metal topped vehicle.
If no shelter is available, avoid high spots and tall objects.  Make yourself small but do not lie flat on the ground.
Stay away from windows, corded appliances and avoid running tap water.
Tornado Safety
Listen to The Weather Network for updated storm information.
If you are inside, go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor.
If you are in a car, mobile home or outside and see a tornado, hurry to a nearby sturdy building or lie flat in a ditch or low-lying area only if there is no shelter.
After a tornado has passed, watch out for fallen power lines and stay out of the damaged area.

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