Castlegar was drier and colder on average during the month of April. File photo

West Kootenay colder and drier on average in April

Precipitation just 35 per cent of normal during the month

It was drier and cooler in the West Kootenay on average in April, according to Southeast Fire Centre meteorologist Jesse Ellis.

Ellis said temperatures at the weather station at the West Kootenay Regional Airport in Castlegar were 0.6 C cooler on average.

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The station received just 21 millimetres — or 35 per cent — of its normal precipitation during the month with only seven days of measurable rain.

With the colder weather, Ellis said two new daily record low temperatures of -5.0 C and -5.7 C were set on April 2 and 13.

Ellis said a high pressure system helped bring some warmer weather to the area later in the month. April 21 was the warmest day in the city with a high of 20.8 C.

In March, the weather station received just 65 per cent of its monthly precipitation.


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