Friday the 13th was a weird weather day for Canada, with provinces experiencing everything from record heat to spring snow, floods and wildfires.
Spring is hissing in southwestern Quebec and eastern Ontario as temperatures hit 30 degrees or more in cities like Ottawa and Montreal. The summer heat has set temperature records in Montreal and the nation’s capital for the past three days and is expected to continue into the weekend, with possible showers overnight from Saturday to Sunday.
In western Canada, highways between the Lower Mainland and inland BC were blanketed with spring snow on Friday morning, with some mountain passes falling as much as 10 centimeters. On Vancouver Island, a cooler-than-average spring has delayed snowmelt in the mountains, raising fears of flooding.
Following heavy snowfall and rainfall, flooding has forced or forced more than 6,000 people in Manitoba and the Northwest Territories to leave their homes. Widespread flooding in southern Manitoba was even captured in a NASA satellite image released Friday as the town of Hay River, NWT, suffered extensive damage.
Floods also lead to evacuations in Kenora, in western Ontario, where some roads were up to 50 centimeters of water on Friday.
There are also concerns about localized flooding in southeastern Saskatchewan after Environment Canada issued rain warnings, with as much as 90 millimeters expected in some areas.
All of Nova Scotia, meanwhile, was under a fire ban on Friday as crews worked to contain wildfires near Halifax and Yarmouth.