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May seeing record setting warm temperatures

David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said the weather pattern is unusual for this time of the year.
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The summer season has yet to officially begin, and Canada's capital is already seeing record setting warm temperatures in the month of May. 

Earlier this week, Ottawa set records for the warmest days in the capital's history. On Wednesday, May 11, the temperature hit 28.4 C, setting a record for the warmest May 11 Ottawa has ever seen. The next day, Thursday May 12, the temperature in the capital reached 30.5 C, making it the warmest May 12 in Ottawa's history. 

On Friday, temperature hit 29.8 C, setting the record for the warmest May 13 in Ottawa's history, breaking the previous mark of 28.2 C set on May 13 in 1985. On Saturday, May 14, Ottawa saw the temperature reach 33 C. 

David Phillips, a senior climatologist with Environment Canada, said on The Sam Laprade Show on Friday, May 13, that the weather pattern is unusual for this time of the year.

"It's still very early in the season, and most Mays don't have 30 C temperature," he said. "These warm temperatures are like the dog days of summer and here it is in May and we are already getting a dry run of what promises to be some warm temperatures."

Phillips said how intense temperatures are going to be is beyond the science. 

"It might turn out to be a hot and torrid summer," he added. "We always feel good if we can get the signs right, but I don't think this is an indicator of the summer we are going to have."

Listen to the full interview with David Phillips, which starts at the seven minute mark, below:

 

 

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