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2013 national summer stats (so far)

As the sun sets on the summer season, we take a look back at the past three months.

As the sun sets on the summer season, we take a look back at the past three months.

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    Tuesday, September 3, 2013, 4:17 PM -

    While summer doesn't officially end until September 21, Tuesday marked the start of the school year and for many, a return to a fall-like routine.

    If you're wondering how the summer panned out, you're in luck: our meteorologists have compiled an updated list of summer stats for major cities across Canada.

    Here's how June, July and August shaped up.


    July was the driest month on record. Overall, summer rainfall totals came out normal, but August was a fairly dry month up until the last week.

    If you remove the last week of August from the equation, Vancouver averages out to below-normal rainfall. But the last week of August brings the summer precipitation totals back to normal. During that time, between 40 and 50 mm fell, bringing the three-month total up to 114 mm, which isn't far from the average rainfall of about 126 mm.


    July and August were dry in Calgary, but the total rainfall meets the "average" mark due to the heavy rains and floods that inundated the city in June.


    The summer of 2013 will likely be remembered for its fluctuating temperatures in Toronto, but overall the daily highs average out to normal.

    Rainfall has been above average.

    The city has seen 350 mm of rain so far, well above the average of 225 mm.

    "That being said, most of the rain in this total came from that fateful evening in July when Pearson received 126 mm of rain," explains Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

    "If we take out that one event of 126 mm, we’re left with the rainfall totals for the summer being near normal."


    Fredericton got a whopping 460 mm of rain this summer -- well above the 260 mm which is considered normal for the region.

    "The city did have one large rainfall in July which brings the numbers up," Vettese says.


    Halifax got off to a soggy start, but rainfall totals averaged out to normal by the end of August.

    St. John's

    St. John's has certainly seen a wet summer, receiving about 380 mm of rain (normal is 280 mm).

    Temperatures averaged out to normal, "but we can’t forget that St. John’s reached 31.2°C on July 15, its second highest temperature on record this summer," Vettese says.

    To find out what the months ahead will look like, check out our 2013 Fall outlook.

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