Canadians who have been left shivering in their shorts, wondering what happened to summer may soon get their answer.

Environment Canada senior climatologist David Phillips says most Canadians from Banff, Alberta to Botwood, Newfoundland have been asking the same thing: “Where’s the heat?”

Phillips says if July ended now, it would be coldest July on record in the Prairies.

But the climatologist notes July isn’t over and new forecast models released Thursday suggest the sizzle could still come back into summer.

He says the models are showing warmer than normal or near normal temperatures for most of the country from mid-July to mid-August — no area is showing cooler than normal temperatures.

Phillips says there is room for optimism, but he cautions the weather is “notoriously fickle” and can change.