- On Friday the 13th, Canada had an unusual weather day, with provinces seeing all from record-breaking temperatures to spring snow, flooding, as well as wildfires.
- Flooding caused by heavy snow and rainstorms has forced over 6,000 people from their homes in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories.
- Meanwhile, all of Nova Scotia was under a burn ban Friday as crews battled flames in Halifax and Yarmouth.
Canada had a strange weather day on Friday the 13th, with provinces experiencing everything from record-breaking temperatures to spring snow, flooding, and wildfires.
Spring sweltered in southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees or more in locations like Ottawa and Montreal. Over the past three days, the summer-like heat has smashed temperature records in Montreal and the nation’s capital, and it’s predicted to continue over the weekend, with storms possible on Saturday night and Sunday.
Highways in western Canada were prepared for a covering of spring snow Friday morning, with up to 10 centimeters dropping in some mountain routes between B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Interior. A cooler-than-average spring on Vancouver Island has postponed snowmelt in the mountains, creating flood fears.
Flooding in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories has driven more than 6,000 people out of their homes as a result of heavy snow and rainstorms. A NASA satellite image released Friday showed widespread flooding in southern Manitoba, with the hamlet of Hay River, N.W.T., suffering considerable damage.
Flooding is also forcing evacuations in Kenora, Ontario, where several roadways were submerged by up to 50 cm of water on Friday.
There are also fears about isolated flooding in southeastern Saskatchewan, where Environment Canada has issued rainfall warnings for up to 90 millimeters in some locations.
Meanwhile, all of Nova Scotia was under a burn restriction Friday as crews battled to put out flames in Halifax and Yarmouth.
Source: CTV News