Nova Scotia

Halifax is walking on sunshine

After a wet start to August, Nova Scotians were walking on sunshine Friday.

After a wet start to August, Nova Scotians were walking on sunshine Friday.

But despite the heavy rainfall over the past few days, weather experts say the area is still some 60 millimetres away from registering even average rainfall for July and August.

Instead, they say the perception that August has been wetter than usual has been caused in part by the lack of sunshine during the month.

"What we have been lacking, in my thinking anyway, is sunshine," said CBC meteorologist Peter Coade.

"Normally in the summertime we get maybe a week or so of sunny weather, a few scattered afternoon showers but generally sunny weather and temperatures in the high 20s. We've been near normal in the overnight temperatures but we've been considerably below normal, cooler than normal in the afternoon temperatures."

However, when it has rained torrential downpours have soaked the area.

"So people are not wrong in thinking we've had a terrible summer," said Coade.

Still, that did not stop Haligonians from basking in the sunshine Friday.

"It hasn't been nice the past couple of days so it's about time," said Rachel Sarpong.

Meanwhile, Fuad Abushaban was quick to break out the summer attire: "The last couple of weeks it's been raining a lot so this is amazing. I'm just walking around with shorts now so it's really nice."

And residents will have a few more days to enjoy the sunshine. Environment Canada is calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-20s for the weekend before a 40-per cent chance of showers on Monday.