Northwestern Ontario residents frustrated by a bitter winter and a cool, wet spring can look forward to a better summer, according to Environment Canada.

Senior climatologist David Phillips predicts average temperatures for July and August — but they will feel warmer than normal.

My sense is that normal weather — and given [that] you've had eight months in a row with below normal temperatures — normal looks like a tropical heat wave compared to what you've had,” Phillips said.

Phillips said he expects temperatures should warm up to something like 25 C in July, and precipitation levels will likely lessen.

"My sense is that the summer's been delayed, it hasn't been cancelled. It's just been delayed,” he said.

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Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips says precipitation in the summer months might be a bit lower than usual. (Supplied)

The late start to warm weather this year could be offset by a warm September, he noted.