August second-driest on record

Six straight months of cooler-than-average temperatures ended in August.

Six straight months of cooler-than-average temperatures ended in August.

Stats from the Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar show the mean temperature last month was 20.8 degrees, 1.1 degrees warmer than normal.

The average daily high was 30.3.

Forecasters Ron Lakeman and Jesse Ellis say last month was “dominated by an upper ridge of high pressure for fairly clear skies and very warm temperatures.”

The highest reading of the month, 35.5 degrees on the 27th, was also a record for that day. (The all-time August high was 40 degrees on back-to-back days in 1967.)

The lowest temperature was 6.6 degrees on the 19th.

It was also even drier than normal. With only three days of measurable rain totaling  3.2 millimeters — eight per cent of normal — it was the second driest August on record. Only August 1967 was less wet.

One other record was established: the average wind speed of 5.5 km/h was the lowest ever.


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