It’s warm, it’s September, and — yes — it is still technically summer.
With a late blast of warm weather in the Comox Valley, temperatures have been soaring over the area and the entire Island, even breaking a few records in its path.
“If you think it feels warm out there, yes, it is,” said Environment Canada Meteorologist Jim Steele, who noted while precipitation has been only 21 per cent of normal for July, August and half of September, temperatures for the three months have been above average.
At the Comox weather station Monday, the temperature soared to 24.4C at 5 p.m., beating the record of 23.9 set in 1974.
Tuesday was on track to beat a 60-year-old temperature, as Steele noted the high was a predicted 26.0, with the record of 24.4 set in 1952.
“To say it’s been a warm, dry summer, it certainly has been,” he said, who added the late summer heat is thanks to an area of high pressure that has settled over Vancouver Island.
“The high pressure is driving back any storms well to the north that we might typically see coming in,” he explained. “The daytime highs are well above normal for this time of year, but the daytime lows are about average because of the dry air, which holds less heat.”
In terms of rainfall, Steele said for the past three months, the total amount is 23.8 millimetres, while the normal has been around 109.5 mm. Although he noted there are still another two weeks left to the month, there is no precipitation in sight.
The daytime high for Wednesday and Thursday is predicted at 26, and Steele said the weekend is looking a few degrees cooler with temperatures around 24, 23 and 25 respectively for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
“The hot weather isn’t over yet,” added Steele.