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Weather by the numbers: July was hotter, drier than average

Last Updated Aug 1, 2018 at 9:35 am PDT

Summary

There was only a total of 5.4mm of rain in all of July, which is 85% below normal for the month

Long-range forecast continues to hint at sunnier and warmer than usual weather

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – We finally have a break from the heat, with forecast highs back to normal levels.

But July was a scorcher — Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley spent the last nine days of the month under a heat warning.

“It was a slower start to the summer weather season than early July, but the past couple of weeks have been sizzling. Overall, the average daily high was 24.1 — well in excess of normal, which would be 22 degrees,” says NEWS 1130 meteorologist Russ Lacate.

Russ says the temperature at YVR topped 20 degrees for 30 of the past 31 days. “Typically, we’d only get 24 warm days in July.”

He adds it’s no wonder water restrictions are top of mind lately.

“Sunshine has really dominated the forecast of late, even by summertime standards. Accordingly, it’s been considerably drier. There were only three days of measurable rain all month, for a total of 5.4 millimeters. That is 85 per cent below normal for July.”

Looking ahead, Russ says we’re we have a chance of some overdue showers later this week.

“But that is only a blip on the radar,” he notes. “The long-range projection continues to hint at a sunnier-than-normal outlook, a warmer-than-average pattern, and a continued dry spell.”

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we see the reservoir levels steadily dropping over the following several weeks.”

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