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2016 was a warm one in Waterloo Region

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2016 goes down in the books as one of the warmest years in Waterloo Region in a century.

In fact, in 100 years of record keeping, the average temperature was only higher twice: in 2012 and 1998.

The University of Waterloo Weather Station says last year, the average temperature was just under 8.7 degrees.

We only experienced one colder than normal month in 2016.

That was in April.

The summer of 2016 was also a scorcher checking in as the 3rd warmest on record and the warmest since 1955.

In terms of precipitation, it was actually only slightly below average.

It would have been well below normal had it not been for a 10 day stretch in August when we received 150 millimetres of rain.

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Summary for 2016 (averages are calculated from 1981-2010 data for the Waterloo-Wellington Airport):

Average Daily High Temperature: 14.10°C (average 12.05ºC)
Average Daily Low Temperature: 3.28°C (average 1.94ºC)
Total Precipitation: 891.0 mm (average 916.3 mm)

Extremes for 2016 (all time UW weather station extreme in brackets):

Highest temperature:
33.6 °C Aug 10 3:45 pm (35.7 °C July 21,2011 3:00 pm)

Highest humidex:
43.5 Sept 7 3:00 pm (47.6 July 17, 2013 5:00 pm)

Lowest temperature:
-25.4 °C Feb 14 6:15 am (-35.5 °C Feb 16 7:00 am)

Lowest windchill:
-40.6 Feb 13 6:15 am (-47.3 Feb 15 6:15 am)

Greatest temperature drop in 15 minutes:
-6.7 °C Jun 6 5:30 pm (-9.5 °C July 19,2013 5:00 pm)

Greatest temperature drop in 60 minutes:
-10.3 °C Aug 2 5:15-6:15 pm (-11.8 °C July 19,2013 4:45-5:45 pm)

Greatest temperature rise in 15 minutes:
2.8 °C May 24 6:45 am (8.6 °C Jan 2, 2001 6:15 am)

Greatest temperature rise in 60 minutes:
7.7 °C Jun 18 6:30 – 7:30 am (12.2 °C Jan 2, 2001 4:45-5:45 am)

Highest precipitation in 15 minutes:
14.6 mm Aug 1 2:30-2:45 pm (12.8 mm Sep 29 1:45-2:00 pm)

Highest precipitation in 60 minutes:
20.8 mm Aug 20 12:30-12:45 am (17.8 mm Aug 10 3:30-4:30 pm)

Highest Precipitation in 1 day:
37.6 mm Mar 31 (78.0 mm July 11, 2008)

Highest 15 minute average wind speed:
29.0 km/h Aug 10 3:30 pm (44.6 km/h March 9, 2002 6:30 pm)

Last time the temperature went below 0 before the summer:
Apr 30 6:30 am (Has ranged between Apr 26- May 23)

First time the temperature went below 0 after the summer:
Oct 16 4:15 am (Has ranged between Oct 2-29)

Length of frost-free season:
163 Days (Has ranged between 146-175 days)

Highest daily low temperature:
23.4 °C Aug 12 (25.3 °C Aug 1, 2006)

Lowest daily high temperature:
-15.5 °C Feb 13 (-20.6 °C Feb 15)

Largest daily temperature range:
23.4 °C Apr17 (29.6 °C Feb 19, 2007)

Smallest daily temperature range:
1.7 °C Mar 24 (0.45 °C Dec 7, 2005)