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PG experiences third driest March on record

It was the tale of two seasons in Prince George during March.

It went from -25 below at the start to setting three consecutive warm temperature records, including hitting the plus 20 mark on St. Patrick’s Day.

When you add that all up, the overall temperature for the month came in at about zero degrees, which is normal for this time of year.

Environment Canada Meteorologist, Lisa Erven it was equally as dry in the northern capital.

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“That sort of first week and a bit of March we did have some precipitation but then the taps really did shut off. Overall, we only came in with 20 to 25% of our usual March normal precipitation making it the third driest on record.”

Prince George set a temperature record for three consecutive days in the middle of the month spanning from March 16th to 18th.

On the 16th, it reached 16.8 degrees according to Environment Canada, breaking the old mark for March 16th of 13.3 set in 1947.

Turning the page to St. Patrick’s Day, it was even warmer in the northern capital coming in at 20.2 degrees, beating the previous record of 13.3 set in 1941 and 1947.

Then to cap it all off, P.G. reached a high of 13.9 degrees, breaking the old March 18th record of 13.4 in 1997.

Despite the summer-like weather, the early cool spell to kick off March cancelled everything out.

“That is one of the problems of looking at climate stats over a 30 or 31-day period is that these really interesting weather events can average each other out and come out normal overall,” added Erven.

Erven adds the first full week of April will see temperatures bouncing between seven and twelve degrees from Thursday to Tuesday

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