Tuesday, July 14th 2020, 7:18 pm - The summer weather interim report card is in, find out how summer is trending in your backyard.
What's the threshold for a summer day? For this arbitrary exercise let's select 25°C as the threshold for a true summer day – it'll be the criteria we use to mark the report card.
Vancouver is falling well behind other Canadian cities, with the airport failing to record a single day at 25°C this year. Even Inuvik, nestled well north of the Arctic Circle, has tacked on a few of them. It's been a bummer of a summer for sure, but nothing like 1957. That year Vancouver crept above 25° just once, and in September to boot.
Our thoughts are with Alberta as well. Calgary and Edmonton have also struggled to build in anything resembling summer. Both of those cities total the amount of 25°C days St. John's, Newfoundland has managed to attain.
As of July 14th, Toronto is neck and neck with Montreal. By Wednesday, the cities will surpass 40 days above 25°C.
For some, it's been way too hot, as humidex values have crept into the low 40's at times making the air feel pretty darn uncomfortable and downright dangerous for vulnerable populations. Not to mention that Toronto is approaching 20 days at or above the 30°C mark, a value the city will surpass next week. In a typical year, Toronto averages less than 16 days above 30°C.
B.C. Pattern Change
Summer weather is set to arrive this weekend, spilling well into next week. If all goes according to plan (remember, it is 2020 after all), Vancouver will hit it's first 25°C day early next week.
Welcome to summer, B.C.