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Summer 2012: Calgary's hottest in 40 years


The heat has been on in Calgary for weeks
The heat has been on in Calgary for weeks

Staff writers

September 24, 2012 — The last time Calgarians experienced a summer as warm as this year's was back in 1970.

Less rain has fallen than normal in Calgary in recent weeks
Less rain has fallen than normal in Calgary in recent weeks

This past summer in Calgary was one for the record books. 
 
The last time the city experienced a summer as hot as 2012's was back in 1970. 

"The average temperatures in June, July and August of 2012 were about as hot as those in 2003 and 2006," says Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "However, this past summer came out on top."

From June 1 to August 31, average daily temperatures observed at the Calgary International Airport were the highest they have been since 1970. If you just look at months of July, August and September, Calgary has experienced the warmest summer and early fall since record-keeping began in 1881.

The blast of warm weather began around the start of the Calgary Stampede, and hasn't let up since. From July 1 to now, the city has hit 25C or higher on 35 days. Normally, that would only happen on 23 days.

Conditions have also been drier than normal in Calgary. Only 29.8 mm of rain has fallen from August to September. Usually, about 100 mm would have fallen.

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