Don't pack away those tank tops and flip-flops just yet.

For those heat-starved Hamiltonians concerned that there isn't going to be much summer left in this summer, weather forecasts indicate that pool and patio temperatures are on their way back.

"The summer is going to go out with a big hurrah. Temperatures between the middle of August and the middle of September will be in the mid-20s to low-30s range in Hamilton, which is five to six degrees warmer than usual," said David Phillips, climatologist with Environment Canada.

Phillips explained that the cooler temperatures in August, particularly in the evenings, have contributed to a sense among some people that this summer has been chillier than usual.

"Overall, it actually hasn't been cool, but it hasn't been hot, either. Last year was the second hottest summer on record, so we tend to compare what we're getting this year to that."

And after a sweltering July that "had people crying 'uncle, I give up,'" a dip in temperatures isn't such a bad thing, according to Phillips.

"It's healthier. There are fewer smog days. People are saving money on air conditioning."

West Nile

Susan Harding-Cruz, manager of vector borne diseases in Hamilton's Public Health department, said that there has been a significant drop in confirmed West Nile cases this summer, and the cooler temperatures over the past month have likely contributed to that.

Harding-Cruz said that mosquitos from about 400 water sites across the city are tested for West Nile. So far this season, five mosquitos have tested positive for West Nile, and no human cases have been reported to Public Health. 

Last year, 33 mosquitos tested positive and there were 20 confirmed human cases.

It isn't good news for everyone, though, that those air conditioners are sitting silent and still. 

A/C business feels the heat

Trevor Chinchilla, owner of Protech, a Stoney Creek-based HVAC company, said that the relatively cool temperatures since July's heat wave have been devastating for his business.

"If you don't have your A/C turned on, you're not going to need to get it fixed. We're down at least 50 per cent."

Chinchilla said that a potential temperature increase later in the summer won't help his company's bottom line either.

"If people get hot, they'll tough it out until next year. This summer is a lost cause."