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Summer kicks off with near-average temperatures


2012 summer temperature outlook
2012 summer temperature outlook

Staff writers

July 2, 2012 — Many parts of Canada saw average temperatures in June but the conditions were, for the most part, drier than usual.

It's been a dry start to summer for many places -- but the precipitation may average out as the summer progresses
It's been a dry start to summer for many places -- but the precipitation may average out as the summer progresses

While summer didn't officially start until June 20, The Weather Network's 2012 Summer Outlookáappears to be on track -áat least from a temperature perspective - with daily highs hovering close to average for the duration of the month.

Even Vancouver, which started out with dreary skies and autumn-like temperatures, averaged out to a daily high of 17.6░C, only three degrees below seasonal.

Average temperatures and precipitation are expected throughout the season, but so far,áit's been drier than usual in many places.

June was a dry month in and around Halifax
June was a dry month in and around Halifax

"Toronto seemingly had an average rainfall amount in June," said Rob Davis, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, "however half of that fell on the first day of the month."

Other places - like Halifax, Montreal and Ottawa, received a fraction of the rain that's usually seen in June.

The jury is still out on whether or not precipitation levels will even out as the season progresses.

"June was dry in many places," says Brian Dillon, another meteorologist at The Weather Network, "but we will have to wait and see what the rest of the summer has in store for us."

Keep on top of weather conditions across the country by visiting the Canadian Cities Index.

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