Parade Day: Just How HOT Was It?

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Welland-born Environment Canada meteorologist Rob Paola. (Supplied photo)

WELLAND – Lovely day for a parade! (Maybe too hot!)

Officially, the maximum temperature Sunday in Welland was 31.0C (as recorded at the Niagara Central Dorothy Rungeling Airport, formerly Welland airport). This makes it the 2nd hottest Rose Festival  parade on record, behind only 1966.
Top 5 hottest parades: (daily maximums)
July 2 1966 …… 33.9C
June 26 2016 … 31.0C
June 12 2005 … 30.5C
June 23 2013 … 30.2C
June 17 2007 … 30.0C
(Submitted by Rob Paola, meteorologist, Environment Canada. Former Welland boy Paola has a passion for following his hometown weather, and has done so for years!)

 

The following table shows weather conditions for every Rose Festival parade since 1962. (Compiled by Rob Paola)

YEAR DATE HIGH (C) LOW(C)                                                 PARADE WEATHER *
1962 JUN 23 26.7 18.3  SUNNY WITH CLOUDY PERIODS, WARM
1963 JUN 22 23.3 6.7  MIX OF SUN AND CLOUD
1964 JUN 27 25.6 17.8  SUNNY, WARM, IDEAL WEATHER
1965 JUL 3 24.4 17.2  heavy downpour at start of parade (22 mm) then clearing
1966 JUL 2 33.9 17.2  sunny, hottest parade on record
1967 JUN 24 28.9 16.7  sunny, clear, warm
1968 JUN 22 21.7 13.9  cloudy, cool
1969 JUL 5 26.5 19.4  mix sun and clouds, warm
1970 JUN 27 21.7 12.2  clouds and sun, cool
1971 JUN 26 23.9 15.0  clouds giving way to sun
1972 JUN 24 16.1 11.1  overcast, cool, a few sprinkles
1973 JUN 23 23.9 15.6  mix of sun and cloud
1974 JUN 24 ? 20.6 11.7  sunny with cloudy periods, cool
1975 JUN 7 18.9 11.1  clouds and sun, cool
1976 JUN 26 26.1 15.0  sunny and warm
1977 JUN 25 23.0 18.0  partly sunny after heavy morning tstorms (46 mm)
1978 JUN 24 23.5 11.0  partly cloudy and pleasant
1979 JUN 23 14.5 9.5  overcast, breezy, chilly
1980 JUN 21 23.0 10.0  sunny to cloudy, mild
1981 JUN 6 26.0 18.0  sunny, windy, warm
1982 JUN 12 22.0 11.5  mostly cloudy
1983 JUN 18 27.5 14.5  sunny and warm
1984 JUN 16 24.0 12.0  sunny, clear, ideal weather
1985 JUN 23 27.0 15.0  sunny, clear and warm   (first Sunday parade)
1986 JUN 22 28.0 13.0  sunny, warm
1987 JUN 21 26.0 16.0  mostly cloudy, hazy, warm
1988 JUN 19 29.0 11.0  sunny, hazy, hot
1989 JUN 18 24.0 12.5  partly sunny, breezy
1990 JUN 24 15.5 11.0  overcast, breezy, cool, some drizzle at times
1991 JUN 23 24.0 13.5  sunny, ideal weather
1992 JUN 21 11.0 6.0  overcast, record cold, patchy drizzle
1993 JUN 20 28.0 18.5  cloudy, hazy, humid
1994 JUN 19 29.0 20.5  mainly sunny, warm   (high of 34.5 on Sat Jun 18)
1995 JUN 18 29.0 17.0  sunny, warm
1996 JUN 23 21.5 10.0  mix sun and clouds
1997 JUN 21 28.0 18.0  partly sunny, breezy, warm
1998 JUN 20 29.0 18.5  sunny with a few clouds, warm
1999 JUN 19 25.0 10.0  partly sunny, dry, comfortable
2000 JUN 18 15.0 10.0  overcast, cool, a few showers (parade temp ~ 11c)
2001 JUN 17 26.0 15.0  sunny, warm, ideal
2002 JUN 16 18.0 12.5  overcast, cool, light rain  (2 mm)
2003 JUN 15 25.0 11.0  ideal weather, sunny, low humidity, light breeze
2004 JUN 13 27.0 15.0  some midday sprinkles otherwise overcast, humid, parade temp ~ 22C
2005 JUN 12 30.5 22.0  morning showers then hazy, hot and muggy, humidex 38C
2006 JUN 11 19.5 6.0  sunny with cloudy periods, cool
2007 JUN 17 30.0 17.0  clouds and hazy sun, hot
2008 JUN 15 27.5 15.0  sunny and warm, southwest breeze
2009 JUN 21 27.0 14.0  Partly sunny and warm
2010 JUN 13 22.0 16.5  overcast
2011 JUN 19 24.7 14.9    ** 50th anniversary parade **  ideal weather, sunny, low humidity, light breeze
2012 JUN 24 24.1 14.3  cloudy
2013 JUN 23 30.2 20.1  mainly sunny and hot, humidex 35C
2014 JUN 22 27.0 12.0  sunny and warm, light winds and low humidity
2015 JUN 21 26.2 15.7  clouds giving way to sun, warm and humid, light wind
2016 JUN 26 31.0 16.3  mainly sunny, BREEZY and hot, humidex 34C

* Parade weather information is based on Welland and local area weather records from Westside Firehall weather station,  local airport data, as well as parade photos and newspaper accounts. 

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