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Vernon's summer may seem cooler but temperatures are actually above average

Okanagan Lake on a sunny but cooler start to the long weekend.
August 31, 2018 - 4:00 PM

VERNON - With a rather cool Labour Day weekend ahead of us, and several weekends this summer having been fairly nippy because of the smoke, Vernon residents may be surprised to hear that this summer has actually been hotter than the average.

According to Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan, Vernon received almost 50 per cent less rainfall over June, July and August, and temperatures each month were higher than yearly averages.

June, which is statistically the wettest month of the year in Vernon, saw 83 per cent of its regular yearly rainfall, while July saw just 18 per cent of its average rainfall, with only 8.3 millimetres of rain dropping that month. Over the months June, July and August only 71 mm of rain fell on Vernon compared to a yearly average of 132 mm.

Since records began more than a century ago, July was the 13th warmest on record with 17 days in the month seeing temperatures over 30 C. Two records were broken last month, with July 17 at 36.9 C and July 30 at 37.4 C being the hottest temperatures ever recorded on those days.

Castellan said that although smoke did keep the temperatures cooler in August, from Aug. 1 to Aug. 28 the average temperature was 20.4 C, highter than the average of 18.8 C. Aug. 12 did come close to breaking a record though, with the daytime high reaching just 17.5 C, the fourth coldest since records began.

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