Just how dry has it been in the Golden Horseshoe?
Environment Canada’s David Phillips has the answer in the form of recent weather statistics.
Since the start of June, Phillips says precipitation levels have dwindled to less than a quarter of what is considered normal in the Hamilton-area.
He says that you can add to that 13 days of above 30 degrees celcius at the RBG, and nine at Hamilton International Airport, far above the number you would normally have at this point in the summer.
Phillips notes that last year, for example, the city had recorded two such days by early July.
The Hamilton Conservation Authority is requesting that users reduce their water use by 10%, while declaring a level-one low water condition for the watershed.
Many municipalities that allow open air burning, including many in the Niagara Region, have responded with temporary fire bans in recent weeks.