Though this summer may have seemed like one of the hottest for Whistler in recent memory, Environment Canada officials say that was true for only part of the season.
Though the mean temperatures in the resort for June, July and August were all higher than Whistler’s historical average, Vancouver-based Environment Canada meteorologist David Jones said July was the only month that noticed a big enough increase to be considered hotter than normal.
“July was the standout, really, at 2 ½ degrees-plus (compared to average) in terms of temperature,” said Jones.
The mean temperature for July was 18.5 C, compared to a historical mean of 15.9 C. July was also a very dry month compared to previous years, with just six millimetres of precipitation recorded compared to the average of 48 mm, and only four days of noticeable rainfall versus the average of 11 days.
The hottest day of the year also came in July, as thermometers hit 34.7 C on Canada Day, establishing a new record for July 1.
This year’s mean temperature for June was 13.9 C and August averaged 17.4 C, but Jones noted that those were only slight increases over the historical average and well within the range of what Environment Canada would consider standard. The average means for those months are 13.2 C and 16.1 C, respectively.
“You can see that the spectacular month was sandwiched around two pretty average months,” said Jones.
In total over the three-month period, Jones said that there were 10 fewer days of precipitation compared to normal.
Environment Canada does not have enough data available to calculate historical averages for the Pemberton area, but the Spud Valley unsurprisingly noticed temperatures quite a bit warmer than Whistler during the summer.
Like Whistler, July was the hottest month of the season for Pemberton, with mean temperatures reaching 20.9 C and precipitation levels of less than a millimetre for the entire 31-day period.
In June, the mean hit 16.4 C, while temperatures averaged 19.6 C in Pemberton for August. July 1 was also the hottest day of the summer in Pemberton, when temperatures reached 36.5 C, also a new record.
Though cooler systems moved into the area this week, the heat could still be felt in Pemberton last week, as highs hit 30 C or warmer each day from Sept. 10 to 14. New records were set on three of those days, the most recent coming on Saturday (Sept. 14), when the high came in at 32.7 C.