Hot, but no records broken

The lower Sunshine Coast is settling into a typical early August weather pattern after a storm system moved through, followed by a hot B.C. Day long weekend.

According to Environment Canada, temperatures between Aug. 3 and 7 were a degree or two shy of the records set in 2017, 2012 and 2008 when the mercury hit 30 C. The closest was the 29 degrees recorded in Sechelt on Aug. 4.

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The big rainstorm predicted for Aug. 1 and 2 hit some areas, but largely bypassed Sechelt and Gibsons, with just 7 mm of rain measured in Sechelt over the two days, and 8 mm in Gibsons. 

Port Mellon, however, saw 21 mm of rain over the same period, and areas north of Sechelt also had higher rainfall. Powell River had the most rain, with 26 mm.

And while much of B.C. had a wetter than average July, the Sunshine Coast was a bit below average although there was more rain this July than the previous two years. The Sechelt weather station recorded about 19 mm of rain last month, compared to 37 mm in Powell River. The historical average for the area is closer to 50 mm.

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