Friday the 13th has been an odd weather day for Canada, with the provinces experiencing everything from record heat to spring snow, flooding and wildfires.
In southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario, spring has passed as temperatures rise by 30 degrees or more in cities like Ottawa and Montreal. The summer-like heat has set temperature records in Montreal and the nation’s capital over the past three days and is expected to last through the weekend, with showers likely to move into Saturday night and Sunday. Japan.
In western Canada, highways between the Lower Mainland and the Interior of BC were set for a layer of spring snow Friday morning, with up to 10 centimeters of snowfall in some mountain passes. On Vancouver Island, colder-than-average springs have slowed snowmelt in the mountains, raising concerns about flooding.
After heavy snow and rainstorms, flooding has left more than 6,000 people ordered or forced to leave their homes in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories. Massive flooding in southern Manitoba was even captured in a NASA satellite image released Friday, while the town of Hay River, NWT was heavily damaged.
Flooding also led to evacuations in Kenora, western Ontario, where some roads were flooded with up to 50 centimeters of water on Friday.
There are concerns about localized flooding in southeastern Saskatchewan, after Environment Canada issued a warning about rainfall, which is expected to reach 90 mm in some areas.
All of Nova Scotia, meanwhile, was banned from burning Friday as crews worked to contain wildfires near Halifax and Yarmouth.