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07/29/2011 07:31 EDT | Updated 09/28/2011 05:12 EDT

Canada Weather: August Temperatures To Pick Up Where July Left Off

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When it comes to the weather, Canadians can expect August to pick up where July left off.

That means warmer than normal temperatures for most of eastern and central Canada, plus cooler, damper days for much of Newfoundland and Labrador, Alberta and British Columbia, said Environment Canada senior climatologist Dave Phillips.

"Those people who have fairly good summer weather, it looks like its going to continue and those who have been waiting for it are going to have to be a bit more patient," said Phillips.

On the plus side, people who've been experiencing soggy, spring-like conditions in parts of Alberta and British Columbia can look forward to an improvement in the weather during August, but the change isn't likely to be a dramatic one.

"It's hard to see it getting much worse in places like Edmonton and Vancouver," said Phillips. "But it's not as if nature is about to make it up for giving them the bummer of the summer."

Edmonton experienced its wettest June and July on record, with about 272 millimetres of rain falling over the two months. The soaked city also experienced just two dry days in a 21-day stretch in July.

"They are feeling pretty miserable right now," said Phillips. "The best part of summer for Albertans will be clearly the second half."

Nonetheless, temperatures out west are predicted to rise over the next month with at least a few dry, sunny days on the horizon.

"While it won't be the great shakes, luke warm is better than what they've seen for the last four months," said Phillips.

Meanwhile, parts of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland are expected to be slightly cooler than normal in August, but a good chunk of eastern and central Canada is forecast to continue the warm, dry spell experienced in July.

Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba and Saskatchewan saw a hot, dry July with record highs in some areas after a heat dome — a hot, unmoving high-pressure area — settled over large swaths of the country toward the end of the month.

Windsor, Ont., saw its warmest July on record with the southern city experiencing at least 17 days in July when the mercury soared above 30 C.

"When you see warm summers, they carry on — what you see is what you're going to get," said Phillips. "I don't think we've seen the end of the 30 degree temperatures."

As Canadians kick off the month of August with a long-weekend, those living anywhere between southern Saskatchewan and Quebec City can expect ideal barbecue or beach weather with some cities even expected to get their best summer conditions yet.

"I don't think you could have ordered better summer weather for a the long-weekend in August for a huge part of Canada," said Phillips.

Residents of Ontario and Quebec can expect hot, sunny days, ideal for hitting the water while those in Manitoba and Saskatchewan will see similar warm, dry conditions.

Calgary will see a sunny weekend with no clouds expected to put a damper on outdoor plans and even rain-drenched Edmonton will see somewhat of a break with sun and dry weather forecast for Sunday and Monday.

Vancouverites might have to bear some damp conditions — the city has a 40 per cent chance of rain for Saturday and Sunday — but the clouds are expected to break on Monday.

Meanwhile, much of the Maritimes may see a few periods of rain but residents are likely to catch at least some sun partway through the long weekend. Temperatures are expected to be near normal.

The varied national forecast for the long-weekend is a reflection of what August is likely to look like for much of the country, said Phillips.

"We're not into this together," he said. "Some are saying it's not hot enough, some are saying it's too hot, so things are normal in Canada — Canadians are complaining about the weather."

By Diana Mehta, The Canadian Press