Much of southern Saskatchewan felt like a desert last month.
Environment Canada released average daily temperatures for several locations across the province, and according to Meteorologist John Paul Cragg, we couldn’t escape from the heat.
Saskatoon’s average for July was 2.1-degrees warmer than normal at 27.4-degrees. Cragg says Regina was the worst with a daily average temperature 3.4-degrees higher than normal at 29.2-degrees.
Cragg says tt was the driest July recorded in 132 years.
“Very close to average for the daily minimums,” Cragg said. “But well over average for the daily maximums. That’s thanks, in part, to the dry conditions in Regina. There was a big swing of temperatures from the daytime high to the overnight lows.”
Cragg says Regina may have recorded the driest July in 132 years, but Swift Current also broke a record.
“Swift Current saw around 105-mm of precipitation from November through to July this year,” Cragg said. “And the driest before that was November 1936 to July of 1937. That’s when they 134.9-mm of precipitation.”
Regina saw 11 days with temperatures over 30 and 3 days with temperatures over 35. Moose Jaw was close behind with 12 days over 30 and 2 days over 35.
Swift Current was next with 14 days of temperatures over 30 and 2 over 35.