Vancouver’s 2017’s dry summer sets a new record

Taken together, July and August in Vancouver were the driest since record keeping began. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Bayne Stanley

Vancouver’s hot, dry summer has set another record.

Taken together, the months of July and August are the driest summer ever recorded at the Vancouver Airport.

Meteorologists recorded just seven millimetres of rain at the site over the two months.

That’s the lowest number since record keeping began at the airport in 1937.

There have been individually drier months in the summer.

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In 2013, July saw no rain recorded at all, while in 1985 that same month saw just a trace of precipitation.
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During Expo 1986, August also saw just a few millimetres.

However, the city has yet to see a two-month summer stretch with so little rain.

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Vancouver’s annual average for July and August combined is 72 millimetres.

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The city wasn’t the only area on the south coast to see a drought this summer. Abbotsford also saw seven millimetres of rain this summer, while Victoria saw just one.

The Southern Interior, which has been plagued by a devastating wildfire season, also saw records fall. Penticton got just one millimetre of rain, while Kamloops got four and Cranbrook just six.

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The drought caps a summer which saw heatwaves break century-old maximum temperature records in communities across the province.

It’s just the latest in a series of weather records to fall over the last year.

Last October saw rain in 29 out of 31 days, setting a new record, while gloomy March set records of its own with just 70.5 hours of sunshine all month and a record 29.6 millimetres of rain falling in a single day.

The icy winter also smashed various records, including a weekend in February in which more than a dozen snowfall records fell across the province.

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