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Fort St. John narrowly missed setting its second consecutive daily high temperature record yesterday. According to Environment Canada the maximum recorded at the airport was 31.7 degrees and, the 1945 record for August 7th is 32.8. However, following another high near 30 today, things should begin to cool off during the weekend. In addition there are showers in the forecast, beginningtoday and, extending into next week. That could bring some badly needed drought relief but for grain farmers its already too late. In the past 33 days, Fort St. John has received only 14.8 millimeters of rain and to date this month, we’ve only had 6.8. It leaves the area so far this summer, with a June-July-August total of only 54.1 millimeters. That’s about 25 percent of the norm, with just over three weeks left in the three month period. It is also only 22 percent of what we received last year for the same period, when we recorded 242 millimeters. There’s even a chance this year’s three month total could be less than the 65.6 millimeters, in the drought year of 2006.

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