March 20, 2018 7:00 am

Spring has sprung: What does the season typically look like in Edmonton?

Edmonton on March 19, 2018.

Dave Carels, Global News
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After finishing the month of February nearly five degrees below average for daytime highs, Edmonton has dealt with cold temperatures and a fair amount of snowfall in for the first three weeks of March.

At -0.5 C, Edmonton is below average as far as daytime highs are concerned for this month.

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With a recent storm dropping up to 20 centimetres of fresh snow in Edmonton is a single day alone, we are most certainly above the average snowfall for March, which is about 17 cm.

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The good news is… spring begins today! And by the numbers, we can look forward to nicer conditions based on the seasonal averages for the next few months.

Average April in Edmonton

If we look at the month of April in Edmonton, average daytime highs are over 11 C.

The old saying goes: “April showers bring May flowers” however, April is one of the drier months of Edmonton’s precipitation cycle with an average rainfall amount of about 15 mm.

With that being said, the record rainfall recorded in the month of April is over 27 mm, which occurred on April 20, 1940.

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Typical May

May is a real turning point for our city. We have a notably warmer average high at close to 18 C. History has shown us it can be much warmer, with the hottest temperature ever recorded for May as 32 C back on May 26, 1986.

Precipitation is also on the rise, with the average rainfall at over 40 mm. We’re not out of the woods yet as far as wintry conditions are concerned, an average of five cm of snow falls on our city in May as well. (Sorry).

What does a typical June look like?

June marks the start of our convective thunderstorm season. This month is second on the list (only behind July) for precipitation.

Over 77 mm of precipitation falls on average in June, with the record rainfall in a single 24-hour period being 80 mm on June 26, 1974.

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The only other day with even more rainfall was on July 31, 1954, when 114 mm fell… in a single day!

The average daytime high for June is 21 C. The month of June is also home to the warmest temperature ever recorded of 37.2 °C, on June 29, 1937.

Daylight hours and summer look ahead

The hours of daylight also peak in June, at over 17 hours on the solstice, the longest day of the year, which will occur on June 21.

With the La Nina pattern being a major factor on our temperature and precipitation numbers this year, the early days of spring 2018 will be affected by this global pattern as well.

After many below-average days temperature-wise, and above-average days precipitation-wise, the future is looking good for us with much warmer days to look forward to.

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