If you thought October felt unusually warm, you were right.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced Thursday that October 2012 tied October 2008 as the fifth-warmest October on record – with numbers dating back to 1880.
Data collected throughout the month, however, shows that not all of Canada was warmer than normal.
Western Canada recorded cooler-than-average temperatures, while central Canada had near-normal temperatures for the month. The above-average temperatures recorded were in eastern Canada.
Gina Ressler is a meteorologist at The Weather Network and she says the difference in recorded temperatures across the country is normal.
“Typically, if one part of the country sees extended above or below-average temperatures, the other half will see the opposite,” says Ressler.
Warmer-than-average months have become a new reality in the past 25 years. October was the 332nd consecutive month with above average temperatures around the world.
The last cooler-than-average October was in 1976.
With files from The Weather Channel