Just how wet and cold was July on P.E.I.?

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Elsa brought some heavy rain to P.E.I. July 9. (Lorna Matheson/Facebook - image credit)
Elsa brought some heavy rain to P.E.I. July 9. (Lorna Matheson/Facebook - image credit)

Islanders and visitors hoping for beach days had a disappointing month.

July, typically the driest month of the year on P.E.I., was the wettest of 2021 so far.

There was 134.1 millimetres of rain last month, 68 per cent more than normal. That topped the amount of precipitation in February, which had been the wettest so far with 131.7 millimetres.

There were just 12 days without rain in July.

Precipitation at Charlottetown Airport

July is usually also the hottest month of the year with an average temperature, including daytime highs and nighttime lows, of 18.7 C. The average this year was 17.6 C. It felt that much cooler after an exceptionally warm June, which at 17.4 C this year was almost as warm as July.

Temperatures at Charlottetown Airport

There was one good stretch of beach weather, from July 16-19 the temperature rose above 25 C every day. There was only one other day all month when the temperature passed 25 C.

By contrast, in June the temperature rose over 25 C on eight days.

While beachgoers may have found the weather disappointing, the Island's potato fields have been thriving in the wet weather.

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