Peter Finlayson, Ormstown Weatherman After a cool spring, the Valley enjoyed a mini-heatwave last week, with May 27th reaching a record high of 35.5 degrees celsius. The midweek warmth helped boost the average temperature for the week by 2.7 degrees, but it was still not enough to bring the monthly average up to normal. On May 30th, the average temperature for the month stood at 13.1 degrees while the normal is 14.3 degrees. Heat units (HU) progressed nicely with warm temperatures, but less than one might think given the daytime record temperature, and this because nighttime temperatures have more of an effect on total HUs, mitigating the effect of very high daytime temperatures. The total heat units since May 4th are now at 365 HU, up 175 HU from the week before but still below the normal at 408 HU. Despite the heatwave, the temperatures have fluctuated a lot. During Saturday night, the air temperature dipped to 5 degrees while the ground temperature was measured at 0.5 degrees. This means some low lying areas elsewhere in the Valley may have received a touch of frost. It did rain last week, some small relief from the very dry conditions that have persisted since mid-April, but amounts ranged widely depending on location. On May 27th, a band of thunderstorms moved through the Valley following the south side of the Chateauguay River. Those lucky enough to be in the path of the storm received up to 25 mm of rain while those to either side (Covey Hill to the south and St-Louis-de-Gonzague to the north) received nothing. However, it did rain on Saturday evening in most places, with 6.6 mm of rain falling. This brings the monthly total to 44 mm (measured in Ormstown), about half of normal. Given that the last two weeks of April only brought 5 mm of rain, this spring has been very dry with about only a third of normal rainfall. The warmth and moisture have brought life to the corn, which is now out of the ground and looking green and even. Soybeans and peas have started to emerge, as well. The cereals are up but well behind their normal schedule, and forage crops should start to gain some growth after a slow start. Asparagus is up . . . and wonderful . . . and strawberries to look forward to in a few weeks.