Manitoba is in for an increase in winter precipitation as a result of climate change.
That’s just one tidbit of information shared Monday in the Climate Change Adaptation Project report released by the Intact Financial Corporation and the University of Waterloo.
The report projects rising temperatures across the country and substantial fluctuations in precipitation levels, all of which will leave a range of sectors, cities and rural regions in Canada vulnerable.
Canada will continue to warm by up to 2°C by 2020 and 4°C by 2050. The most significant impact will be in the Arctic, which will see increases of up to 4°C by 2020 and 8°C by 2050, along with increased precipitation of up to 20 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2050.
“It is quite clear that there will be serious implications for Canadians if we stand still while our weather patterns continue to evolve,” said Feridun Hamdullahpur, Waterloo’s president and vice-chancellor. “The recommendations outlined in this project are the push we need to bring climate change adaptation to the forefront.”
Vancouver will see a decrease in summer precipitation, while Toronto and Montreal will see milder winters.