A warm, dry July — with more of the same in store

The hot, dry weather that prompted a drought warning for Vancouver Island during the past week shows no signs of letting up any time soon.

After cooling slightly in recent days, temperatures are expected to build to above normal, with no signs of rain in the forecast, said Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan.

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It’s expected to be 24 C today and 26 C by Monday and remain in the mid-20s all week.

“It will certainly be very stable,” Castellan said. “So lots of big sunny days and very little in the way of clouds.”

This comes after an extremely dry July that saw the Gonzales weather station in Fairfield register no rainfall all month — something that has happened only five other times since the station began keeping records in 1899.

“So it’s not completely groundbreaking, but it certainly doesn’t happen every year,” he said.

The station at Victoria International Airport recorded just 2.2 mm of rain, which was 12 per cent of its normal rainfall for the month. Similar results were noted at other stations across the Island.

The average monthly temperature in July was about 1.5 degrees above normal in Victoria, 2.2 degrees above in Nanaimo and 2.4 in Comox.

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