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September arid in Comox Valley, but not record-breaking dry

Although it was warm, dry and for the most part, technically, still summer, September in the Comox Valley did not break any weather records.

It gave the record books a good run for its money.

According to Environment Canada, the Valley received 7.4 mm of total rainfall, falling shy of the record of 0.6 mm set in 1990, said meteorologist Gary Dickinson.

Although it did feel unusually dry, Dickinson explained the lack of precipitation is not out of the ordinary.

"It does happen; history has shown there have been some dry Septembers," he noted.

As for the warm temperatures, the area did beat its average of 18.8C, with a daily average of 20.1 this year.

Although the extended summer did feel warm, it did not break any individual daily temperature records.

Looking ahead to the next week, the dry, warm trend will continue, confirmed Dickinson.

"There looks to be a strong ridge of high pressure that will see dry, sunny weather," he said. "It looks quite good for a least a week or 10 days."

Although one last push of warm weather before winter has been welcomed by many Valley residents, Dickinson said the rainy season is not far away.

"November hasn't arrived yet," he added.

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