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WEATHER UNIVERSITY: Mediocre May

Two fishermen watch as the May sun dips below the horizon one last time! Judy LeBlanc-Brennan snapped this lovely photo at Christy's Beach, Cape Breton, N.S.
Two fishermen watch as the May sun dips below the horizon one last time! Judy LeBlanc-Brennan snapped this lovely photo at Christy's Beach, Cape Breton, N.S. - Contributed

And just like that it’s June. So far, June has served up record heat, rain, snow and a killing frost, and we’re only a few days in! But now that May is in the books, let’s take a moment to look back.

Overall, temperatures across the Maritime provinces worked out to be close to average for the month. Halifax did a little better, coming in just over 0.5 degrees warmer than normal. It was slightly cooler than normal across Cape Breton. Interesting to note that daytime highs were warmer than normal in Cape Breton, but very cool nights brought down the average.

Across the Maritimes, rainfall was well below normal: in most cases, almost 40 per cent shy of the usual rainfall totals.

Newfoundland and Labrador were both cool and wet. On average, temperatures were about one degree below normal, but Corner Brook and Labrador City stand out from the pack, with average temperatures that were three degrees below normal.

Rainfall numbers were high as well: 166 mm of rain fell in St. John’s while the average rainfall is 98 mm.

Snowfall was abundant in Labrador City. They normally receive 14 cm of snow; in May 2018, Labrador City residents were treated to just over 40 cm.

It’s always fun to look back. Let’s hope our June numbers will be a little more pleasing!

Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.

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