It’s been bone dry and swelteringly hot this month as Halifax has received less than 30 per cent of the rainfall it did in all of last August.

A piddling 51.8 millimetres of rain has fallen during the month thus far and more than half of that fell on one day: Aug. 4. Don’t expect that rainfall figure to go up much, if at all, as the last two days of August have forecast nothing but sunshine.

Last year Aug. 29, a record 79.3 mm of rain fell and the city was soaked with 179.6 mm during the month.

What may come as a surprise to some is that last August was slightly warmer than this August so far, with a mean average of 19.32 C compared to 19 C this August.