VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – You wouldn’t know it by looking outside today, but we’re just a week from the first day of summer.

Are we on the way to setting any records for the cold this month?

“I won’t dispute how impressive — or depressive — the numbers have been so far. But we’ve only tallied the numbers through the first 13 days. It’s kind of like calling a Luongo shutout when you’re dropping the puck in the second period,” says News1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate.

“What we’re looking at so far is an average daily high of 16.3 That’s way below normal, which would be about 19 degrees for this time of year,” explains Lacate.

“The coldest June ever was in 1971; that’s when the average daily temperature was 13.5. It’s just not fair to compare yet. We’ve still got 17 days left to get this thing steered in the right direction,” he adds.

“We typically get 11 wet days out of 30 in the month of June. We’ve already had some rain on nine of the first 13. So we’re absolutely exceeding normal, but nowhere near records yet for the wettest June ever.”

What can we expect in the next couple of days?

“For today, it’s going to stay on the cool side again, with about 16 degrees and showers re-developing this morning. Tomorrow will make up for it with a beautiful, sunny Friday. Tomorrow’s high will be upwards of 20 degrees,” predicts Lacate.

If Mother Nature won’t turn up the heat, we’ll have to do it ourselves

FortisBC reports home heating use this time of year is at its highest level in quite some time.

“For the first two weeks of June, it’s certainly higher than the 10-year average by about 13 per cent, so people are continuing to use heat well into June,” says Joyce Wagenaar with the gas company.

She adds it may also be a good idea to have your furnace checked, if it’s getting much extra use.

“It’s like a car. When it’s serviced and running properly, it will use less gas. It will run more efficiently and there’s also some additional safety benefits with that,” explains Wagenaar.

However, while Fortis is reporting an increase in use, BC Hydro says it can’t identify any definitive trends related to the weather.