Happy mid-week to everyone! My mind has been on Maple Lake this week as when the weekend finally rolls around we will be rolling in to the Highlands! Woot! It is not fun being 700 miles from paradise knowing that in another lifetime I’d only be only about 2 hours away! Family history fact: We are the only piece of the modern incarnation of our family to have moved to the U.S. It was due to work opportunity, otherwise the only place I would choose over Ontario would be someplace warm-year-round and here in the Chicago area is not it, despite it being a very nice place. Anyway…I just looked at the extended weather outlook for the Highlands and it looks fantastic! I hope Mother Nature is being kind this time because she was craptastic in late May. Not that it wasn’t beautiful because it always is. I just was so.very. cold., having not anticipated just how cold one can be when not dressed from head to toe in the wee hours of the morning in an unheated cottage. I know. I’m a wuss!
I hope you all are managing to stay cool and are bracing yourself for a really hot-weather day on Monday. No better time to be in the Highlands relaxing by or in one of the many beautiful, bountiful lakes after you have headed out to enjoy the many fun and charity-oriented activities that the Highlands offer. On the menu in the coming days and weeks are dusk dances, yoga classes, dog pedicures for charity, biking, music, summer zumba, opera lessons, a charity golf classic and more!
As usual, I’m including this week’s 14-day weather outlook. We’ve reached a point now that part of our vacation time is in the forecast and it really does not look bad. I’m glad of the warmer temperatures and I don’t mind the rain because we all know–it’s needed! The warmth and wet makes the bugs happy, too as you can see in the bug forecast. Sometimes, Deet (bug repellant) is a cottager’s best friend!
Haliburton Highlands 14-day Weather Outlook (Weather Network)
West Guilford/Haliburton Highlands Bug Report through Thursday
I’ve been searching for a way to get an accurate weather report for the Maple Lake area and then share it here (for the longest time!). Let me tell you, there are precious few no actual weather forecasts done for Maple Lake, nor Minden Hills, Minden or Carnarvon–at least none I can find being shared on the Internet. Just Haliburton. And from what I’m finally concluding, Haliburton’s weather forecast is much different than Maple Lake, pop. 200’s daily weather (heck, when I’m at the cottage the weather forecast for Haliburton is almost never right!). For one thing, Haliburton is a town, it is asphalt and concrete and buildings spread about a smallish area with a river/lake in the middle. Maple Lake is a good-sized lake, surrounding by other lakes and there is little asphalt and few buildings, relatively speaking. No matter what, the Haliburton forecast and the Maple Lake one is not the same.
So I just set out on a search for a town or provincial park even, that’s weather report was more inline with what comes out of Maple Lake. The best I can do is Muskoka and Muskoka isn’t really near Maple Lake at all.
I’m going to use it anyway because it does seem to reflect the difference in daily temperatures between Haliburton, which gets much warmer than Maple Lake and Muskoka which seems at least slightly closer to being accurate. So, here goes with a mix this week.
No matter where you reside–Muskoka, Haliburton or somewhere in the vicinity we will be continuing the trend of drought-like conditions and record-setting heat so conserve when you can and otherwise– that is why you are in cottage country, right?–get in the lake to cool off!
Here is the 14-day forecast, which I’ll adjust each week in an attempt to make it more precise (all the stuff I just wrote above, not withstanding).
Haliburton Highlands 14 -day weather outlook
Bugs in the Highlands:
Haliburton Highlands Bug report–all moderate!
Mountain Trout House webcam Dorset
Fun things to do in the Haliburton & Algonquin Highlands throughout July:
Morning Glories — they should be getting red flowers that will bloom in the mornings
Pansies – I’ve had to rescue these from the sun many times, but they’re surprisingly resilient.
Burnt Hosta – Sadly, a common sight–gardens everywhere are singed beyond rescue.
Good night! (looking west from our front steps)
After several days with temperatures in the triple digits (F), today we had a respite with the day beginning at about 95°F but then plummeting down to about 80°F with a lovely breeze. To say it was a welcome relief would be a huge understatement. Though people can seek out air conditioning, there’s been no break for our poor gardens. It gets to a point where even diligent watering won’t save them. Hoping that the ones that have suffered badly will ‘resurrect’ since summer is barely underway.