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CINDY DAY: The numbers don’t lie — it was a dry, hot July

For those who don't like the heat, there is often relief to be found at one of our many coastal beach.  A cool fog was rolling in at Rainbow Haven Beach near Dartmouht, Nova Scotia, when Warren Hoeg snapped this fun photo!
For those who don't like the heat, there is often relief to be found at one of our many coastal beach. A cool fog was rolling in at Rainbow Haven Beach near Dartmouht, Nova Scotia, when Warren Hoeg snapped this fun photo! - Contributed

Well that’s pretty much a wrap on July.  What a month! 

The other day I was talking with a friend about the weather – imagine – and she said, “I can’t remember ever experiencing such a beautiful summer.”  

I thought that was an interesting comment given the fact we had two devastating frosts in June, flood waters were rising in low-lying communities and furnaces were still coming on well past the middle of the month.  I remember headlines about summer missing us entirely.  We’re all singing a different tune now; some wells are going dry and heat warnings have us darting from one air-conditioned building to the next.

Let’s have a look:   

Without exception, June was wet and cold across the Maritime provinces; Western Newfoundland and Labrador were cool, but not wet.  Corner Brook and Labrador didn’t quite get half the normal rainfall for the month.

July was dry and warm across all of Atlantic Canada.  Some of the numbers are amazing:

City June 2018 mean temperature (C) Normal June mean July 2018 mean Normal July mean
Halifax 13.6 15.1 20.8 18.8
Sydney 10.8 13.2 19.9 17.9
Charlottetown 12.7 14.5 21 19.3
Fredericton 14.5 16.2 21 19.3
Corner Brook 9.4 12.8 17.6 17.3
St. John's 8 10.9 17.4 15.8
Labrador City 5.6 10.3 19.3 13.8

In terms of temperature, one of the extremes was Labrador City.  The mean monthly temperature came in at more than 4.5 degrees Celsisus below normal in June; that was followed by a mean monthly temperature of 19.3 in July – 5.5 degrees above normal.

City June 2018 rainfall (mm) June normal July 2018 July normal
Halifax 178 96 55 96
Sydney 153 97 36 89
Charlottetown 152 99 24 80
Fredericton 96 82 75 88
Corner Brook 34 87 20 92
St. John's 139 98 65 92
Labrador City 35 81 28 114

Climate change is real, my friends.

Here's another look: 

Without exception, June was wet and cold across the Maritime provinces; Western Newfoundland and Labrador were cool, but not wet. July was dry and warm across all of Atlantic Canada
Without exception, June was wet and cold across the Maritime provinces; Western Newfoundland and Labrador were cool, but not wet. July was dry and warm across all of Atlantic Canada

Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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