July cooler, dryer than normal

Last month was the coolest July since 1999 and was the sixth straight cooler-than-average month in West Kootenay.

Last month was the coolest July since 1999 and was the sixth straight cooler-than-average month in West Kootenay.

Weather stats from the Southeast Fire Centre show the mean temperature for the month was 18.8 — 1.1 degrees cooler than normal, while rainfall was 80 per cent of normal.

“The first 12 days of the month were relatively warm with a flat area of high pressure dominating,” says forecaster Ron Lakeman.

“A broad upper trough of low pressure and several Pacific disturbances resulted in cooler, more unsettled conditions between the 13th and the 26th. All of the month’s measurable rain occurred during this period.”

The warmest temperature of the month (33.9 degrees) was recorded on the 6th.

Thunderstorms occurred on eight days, three more than typical in July.

Record daily lows of 5.5, 7.4, and 8.9 degrees were set on the 9th, 10th, and 24th respectively. The average wind speed for the month of 5.2 km/h was also a record minimum, beating the previous lightest speed for July set in 1980.