A very hot and somewhat dry Summer
Nobody who experienced this summer needs to be told that it was hot. For the third summer in a row it was over a degree and a half warmer than average. That heat was also very consistent with only 3 days that were more than 5 degrees colder than average.
The precipitation for the entire summer at 211.9 mm, although well below the average of 272.1 mm, just squeaked into the average range with a wet start to September. However, the very wet ending masked what was quite a dry summer for most of the season. The precipitation for July and August was less than half of the average for those months.
In the UW weather station poll it was the least popular summer since I started doing the poll back in 2008. Typically, around 75% of respondents would say the summer was either great or good, but this year only 42% voted for these categories.
Summary for Summer 2012:
Maximum Temperature 34.0 °C
Minimum Temperature 5.4 °C
Average Daily High Temperature 26.2 °C (Long term average 24.3 °C)
Average Daily Low Temperature 14.1 °C (Long term average 12.3 °C)
Total Precipitation 211.9 mm (Long term average 272.1 mm)
(Long term averages based on 1971-2000 data for the Waterloo Wellington Airport)