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'A chance to do a little happy dance'

Pattern of mixed, unsettled weather about to end, meteorologist says
August 10, 2016 11:41 A.M.


While the perception may be that this is one of the coolest and wettest summers on record, Environment Canada says it's actually pretty average.

“When you try to compare this year's stats to normal, it comes out as a normal summer, but that is not everyone's perception,” said meteorologist Lisa Coldwells.

She said the average rain fall for June is 12 days of rain at 45.9 millimetres, more than this year's eight days of rain at 37.7 mm.

An average July sees nine days of rain hitting 37 mm, while this July we saw exactly nine days of rain that produced just 24 mm of rain.

“So we are not even at 100 per cent of normal yet,” said Coldwells.

If this summer isn't wetter than normal, is it cooler? Coldwells said not really.

“It is slightly cooler, but it is just perception,” said Colwells.

“The highest temperature in July was 36.7 C on July 29. The average daytime high was 27. 1 C for the month and the average is typically 27.9 C, so it wasn't a lot off of the average.”

She said the last two summers of intense heat have skewed public opinion of a typical summer leaving them very blah about this year's weather.

“The last two years we had some scorching-hot summers where we had days of 35 C and we just haven't had that this year,” said Coldwells. “That last two years were very abnormal.”

She thinks it is specifically the lack of sunny and hot multi-day stretches that make us feel like we are missing out this year.

“We haven't had that week-long stretch of hot, sunny weather,” said Coldwells. “We generally get two or three of those in the summer, and we have not had that this summer.”

While the meteorologist can't explain why we haven't seen those stretches of hotter weather, she reminds us that April, May and early June saw record-breaking heat, before the weather pattern dipped back into the typical cold-low June pattern.

“We got some cool days. It was showery, we got some rain, and then the cold-lows just didn't go away. They continued through the month of July,” said Coldwells. “We are sitting under the remnants of the last one now.”

Coldwells said we shouldn't lose hope yet as the most promising stretch of hot, sunny weather is set to begin tomorrow.

“We are actually now see the best indication that this pattern has broken and a strong ride of high-pressure is building in,” said Coldwells.

“This is a chance to do a little happy dance. I am optimistic that we've got five days of nice, sunny weather coming in, maybe we can even extend that to a whole week. This is the best summer-time ridge pattern we have seen this year.”

In Kamloops, a mix of sun and cloud Wednesday is forecast to give way to sunny conditions through the weekend and into next week.

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