While the City of Vancouver saw above average temperatures on Thursday, May 9, multiple weather records were broken across B.C. yesterday.
In fact, a whopping 15 weather records were broken across the province. Squamish had the highest temperature, reaching a sizzling 29.5°C. Its previous record of 26.1°C was set in 1968. Following Squamish, Pitt Meadows reached a toasty 28°C, breaking its previous record of 26.1 set in 1968.
Chilliwack broke its old record of 27.5°C set in 1987 with a high of 27.7°C. Similarly, Bella Coola reached a high of 27.7°C, which broke its old record of 27.1°C set in 1995.
Records were also broken in the following cities: Abbotsford, Bella Bella, Campbell River, Gibsons, Malahat, Nanaimo, Powell River, Sechelt, Terrace, Tofino and Victoria.
A strong ridge of high pressure over the B.C. coast led to the toasty, record-setting daily highs.
The hot weather is expected to continue through the weekend, but a wetter weather pattern is expected to move in next week.
Metro Vancouver Weather
On Wednesday, March 20, a jaw-dropping 48 weather records were broken across B.C. What’s more, some areas saw soaring highs of nearly 26°C.
For example, the Agassiz Area broke its old record of 21.7°C set in 1915 with a summery high of 25.8°C. Likewise, the Squamish Area broke its old record of 21°C set in 1999 with a toasty 25.9°C daily high.
Environment Canada has also stated that the presence of a weak El Niño will affect temperatures heading into summer. As such, the department expects that the province will see above average temperatures this summer.