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Region sets records for rainfall, sunshine and warmth

Dec 05 2012

Greater Victorians enjoyed above-normal temperatures, rainfall and sunshine in the month of November, according to figures just released by Environment Canada.

The mercury climbed to 15.7 C on Nov. 4 and dipped to -2.2 C on Nov. 10, but no records were broken. The mean monthly temperature of 6.9 degrees is above the normal of 6.1 degrees.

Capital region residents basked in a total of 78.7 hours of sunshine in November, up from the norm of 75.2 hours.

Total precipitation of 156.1 mm was only a bit above the 147.2 mm average. There was no snow recorded in November, which isn't unusual - it's happened only five times in the last 10 years.

The year with the most November snowfall was 2010, with 20.6 millimetres.

The forecast for December is for normal temperatures and precipitation after the passing of a cool front expected to reach lower Vancouver Island by Friday.

"We will start feeling the cooler temperatures by Wednesday," says Matt Mac-

Donald, meteorologist for Environment Canada. "There will be snowfall in the higher elevations, with a possibility of snowflakes at sea level by Friday."

But don't get your hopes up for a white Christmas. "In the last 55 years, there has only been snow on the ground on Christmas Day in six of them."

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