Summer 2013: It’s been ‘delightfully boring’ in Nova Scotia

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By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax

HALIFAX - The summer of 2013 won’t go down in the record books for much, as far as Environment Canada’s senior meteorologist is concerned.

“It’ll never be remembered as the summer of summers… it was almost kind of delightfully boring,” David Phillips said Tuesday.

Phillips said June, July and August were pretty normal in terms of temperatures, with June and August registering average daily temperatures about half a degree above and below normal, respectively.

July was significantly warmer than normal, with six days when the temperature – without factoring in humidity – reached 30 C.

“It’s hard to get one day above 30 degrees in Halifax, and there were six of those,” said Phillips, adding there were just two in July 2012. “Those people that had their holidays in July were feeling the warmth.”

Phillips said the summer could have been alarmingly dry, but for an exceptionally rainy June. More than 174 mm of rain fell at Halifax Stanfield International that month, well above the normal 98mm.

“In many ways, that turned out to be the saviour in terms of keeping wildfires at bay and keeping water levels at least okay,” said Phillips.

The divisional chief in charge of fire prevention for Halifax Regional Fire Services said it was the summer was pretty average in terms of grassfires and very quiet in terms of illegal burns.

“The summer was pretty good,” said Div. Chief Dave Burnet. “The weather helped us out a lot…with the rain and the high humidity, it helps to stop fires spreading quickly.”

Phillips said Environment Canada’s fall forecast calls for three more months of normal or above-normal temperatures in Nova Scotia, and normal precipitation.

“I always think that the best falls in Canada are found in Atlantic Canada because of the warm (ocean) water, the residual heat,” he said. “So that’s certainly the case.”

Organizations: Halifax Stanfield International, Halifax Regional Fire Services, Environment Canada

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada

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