Environment Canada predicts hot, sunny summer for Toronto in 2018

Torontonians made it through an icy, stormy spring. The reward: a summery summer.

Climatologist Dave Phillips willing to 'bet a lot of money' this will be a better summer than 2017

Ward's Island isn't underwater, and Environment Canada expects there will lots of sunny days worthy of a beach trip this summer. (Amara McLaughlin/CBC)

Good news, Toronto, Environment Canada says after an icy spring we can expect a summery summer.

Or, as Senior Climatologist Dave Phillips likes to call it: "a beer-drinking kind of summer."

Phillips told CBC Radio's Metro Morning that unlike last year's rainy weather, 2018 will see the return of sunny days that break the 30 C mark.

"I'd bet a lot of money on that," he said.

You can listen to his predictions in the clip below:

Phillips says Environment Canada's spring predictions were on track until April's frigid and stormy weather came out of nowhere. But despite the "pretty dismal" spring, Phillips says all that precipitation could come in handy if we get the dry conditions he expects in June, July and August.

Phillips says his big hope that his summer will be like 2016, but with a bit less heat and humidity — "maybe the Goldilocks."

Let's hope that prediction is just right.

Summer officially begins on June 21.

With files from Metro Morning