British Columbia sets 13 single-day temperature records as heatwave hits south coast

It has been a hot summer in British Columbia and parts of the province are expected to experience at least a brief heat wave before the start of the school year.

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for parts of the south coast with temperatures above 30 degrees expected from Wednesday August 31 through Friday.

“A ridge of high pressure is bringing a late season heat wave to parts of the south coast this week. Daytime highs are expected today through Friday, although it will be slightly cooler on Thursday before temperatures rebound again on Friday. Temperatures will remain above seasonal but below heat warning criteria over the long weekend.

The warning is in effect for eastern and interior Vancouver Island, Howe Sound, the Fraser Canyon and the Sunshine Coast.

With warmer weather on the way, several single-day heat records were broken on August 30. The highest temperature in British Columbia was recorded in Trail where it reached 37.1°C, beating the old record of 35°C set in 1940.

British Columbia sets 13 new heat records in a single day on August 30

• Abbotsford – 33.7 C (previously 31.8 C set in 1987)

• Cache Creek – 36.6 C (previously 36.1 C set in 1967)

• Clinton – 31.4 C (previously 30.9 C established in 2009)

• Comox – 30.9 C (formerly 30 C established in 1944)

• Creston – 33.5 C (previously 33.1 C set in 2009)

• Kamloops – 36 C (previously 35.6 C set in 1967)

• Kelowna – 34.1 C (previously 33.9 C set in 1967)

• Merritt – 35.6 C (previously 34 C set in 2009)

• Pemberton – 35.6 C (previous record equaled in 1974)

• Sechelt – 30.4 C (previously 27.2 C set in 1974)

• Squamish – 33.2 C (previously 28 C set in 2003)

• Trail – 37.1 C (previously 35 C established in 1940)

• Williams Lake – 34.5 C (formerly 32.8 C established in 1967)


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