2nd driest September on record
Oct 2, 2012 / 5:00 am
September certainly was hot and it certainly was dry in the Central Okanagan.
As for record breaking, we fell a little bit short.
Environment Canada meteorologist, Doug Lundquist says, with 3.2mm of precipitation, September is the second driest month on record.
In 1991, we received just 0.7mm of precipitation.
"What is the more extraordinary thing is the length of dryness. September and August were both the second driest on record," says Lundquist.
In fact, since the third week of July, the Central Okanagan has seen just 5.4mm of rain.
Lundquist says that's one of the longest dry spells we have seen in the valley.
Normally, we see 34mm of rain in August and 33mm in September.
He adds we can expect to see dry conditions for the next week to 10 days.
October is also traditionally the second driest of any month in the Central Okanagan behind only March.
As for sunshine, the Central Okanagan was much warmer than normal, in fact three degrees warmer.
The average high temperature in September was 24.4 C - the norm is 21.5 C.
Lundquist says the average overnight low was 5.1 C compared to the average of 5.7 C.
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