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There are two definitions for summer. Meteorological summer is made up of June, July and August; astronomical summer starts the day of the summer solstice and ends at the fall equinox.
When it comes to tabulating statistics, meteorological seasons are used; that means we are more than halfway through summer.
Last winter, when asked what my thoughts were on the summer of 2019, I indicated it would likely get off to a slow start but heat up quite nicely. And so it has.
July delivered a number of heat warnings across the Maritimes and while warning criteria were not met in Newfoundland, it’s been quite warm there, too.
The numbers below don’t tell the entire story. If we broke down the month, we'd find much warmer weather during the second half of July. Newfoundland and Cape Breton Island were caught up in a north-easterly flow off a stalled low over the Labrador Sea early in the month. That wind off the cold, iceberg-filled waters kept a chill in the air for a while.
|City||July 2019 mean (C)||July normal mean (C)|
|Corner Brook, N.L.||16||17.3|
|St. John's, N.L.||14.6||15.8|
|Labrador City, N.L.||13.8||13.8|
As the month went on, I began to notice several “30-degree” days popping across Atlantic Canada. Sure enough! Based on a three-decade average, the number of days when the temperature reached 30 was up last month.
Halifax recorded five such days; the average is fewer than one (0.86 days) for July! The temperature surpassed the 30-degree mark three times in Badger, N.L.; the average is one.
July was a dry month; however, St. John’s, N.L., tipped the scales the other way with 50 per cent more rain than they would normally get during the month.
|City||July 2019 total rainfall (mm)||July normal rainfall (mm)|
|Corner Brook, N.L.||54||92|
|St. John's, N.L.||134||92|
|Labrador City, N.L.||64||114|
Summer is far from over and while I hesitate to qualify the season with adjectives like good and bad, I think it’s safe to say we’ve enjoyed some pretty fair weather… so far.
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Cindy Day is the chief meteorologist for SaltWire Network.