After finishing June with record highs on three of the last four days of the month, the local airport weather station has yet to post a daily record in July.
However, that could change today or tomorrow with the forecast calling for highs of 27 C today and 29 C tomorrow.
The current records for July 7 and 8 are 27.3 C and 29.8 C — both set in 2010 — and, if the forecast is accurate, we could set new records on both days this year, without matching last Thursday’s high.
That was 30.4 C and it just missed the July 2 record of 30.7 C recorded in 2006.
Meantime, the forecast also calls for another drop in temperature on Thursday, with a high of only 23 C, and the possibility of a double digit rainfall total.
However, the chances of that total approaching the local area precipitation record are slim, as this coming Thursday is also the 43rd anniversary of the wettest day of this month in the airport station’s recorded history.
Again we note, those records date back to 1942, and it was July 9 of 1972 that the station posted a rainfall of 60.2 millimeters — or nearly two and half inches.
This year, nothing could be better for local area farmers and ranchers, not to mention wildfire fighters, provided it comes with little or no lightning and extends over the entire Peace/Liard region.
So far, the airport station has recorded only 2.8 millimeters of rain this month and only 46.1 mm since the first of June. The local area average for June and July combined is 140.8 millimeters.
As for the forest fires, the province-wide burn area this fiscal year is now estimated at just over 215,000 hectares, with more than 72 per cent of it still listed as in the Prince George Fire Centre.