If it felt exceptionally cold in Vancouver last month, well, that’s because it was.
In fact the last time Vancouver experienced a month this cold was back in December 2008 when the city experienced the same 0.9°C average that rounded off 2016.
And while it may be a warming thought to know it wasn’t exactly a record-breaking month temperature-wise, it’s certainly been a little while since the city has seen temperatures in this range. In fact, “you have to go all the way back to January 1993 to find a colder month in Vancouver,” meteorologist Doug Gillham told Daily Hive via email.
According to The Weather Network, December in Vancouver typically sees daily temperatures range between 0.8 – 6.3°C, with 0°C temperatures only hitting the city for an average of 12 days of the month.
However, December 2016 was a bit of a different story.
In total, the city dealt with 22 days of temperatures at – or below – 0°C. Three of those days had below-zero daytime highs, this resulted in an average daytime high of only 3.8°C for the entire month.
The average temperature overall though – in both 2008 and 2016 – held at 0.9 °C. In January 1993? A chilly 0.4 °C.
To put this all into context, let’s go back a few decades to January 1950, which boasts Vancouver’s coldest month on record, when the the average daily temperature reached just −6.3 °C.
So are we are out of the woods weather-wise now?
Not just yet.
More snow is in the forecast and “we do expect below seasonal temperatures to dominate through at least the end of next week,” Gillham said.