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Record-breaking summer snow blankets Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada


Snow fell on parts of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada on Monday, June 26, 2018, and authorities warned residents there was a risk of snow and frost into Tuesday, both on the island and in the Big Land.

According to Environment Canada (EC), the temperature was hovering around the freezing in some areas and the snowfall set a record for June 26 in Gander, where about 2 cm (0.78 inches) had fallen by mid-morning. Snowfall has never previously been recorded on this day.

"We'll be in the record books for that," meteorologist Justin Boudreau said. "But we are not complete strangers to late-season snowfalls in Gander."

3.2 cm (1.25 inches) of snow fell in Gander on June 20, 1996, 0.8 cm (0.31 inches) on June 29, 1952, and 0.2 cm (0.07 inches) on June 30, 1995.

The temperature in Gander on Tuesday was only forecast to reach 3 °C (37.4 °F), which would break another record, Boudreau said. The previous coldest June 26 was 4.4 °C (39.9 °F). The average normal temperature is around 19 °C (66.2 °F), and the highest was 32 °C (89.6 °F).

One of the residents of Burgeo reported roughly 5 cm (1.96 inches) of snow Tuesday morning. "I have seen it in June, but can't remember it being this late and this much," he said.

EC issued rainfall warnings for eastern and central parts of Newfoundland, where between 40 and 70 mm (1.6 – 2.7 inches) of rain could fall by Tuesday evening.

Sunshine and 23 °C (73.4 °F) are expected on June 28.

Featured image: Summer snow in Newfoundland and Labrador on June 26, 2018. Credit: John Jack Lushman


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