Jun 26, 2017

Heat wave topples temperature records across B.C.

Vancouver, BC
Canada
by
Cheryl Chan
,
Times Colonist
Sun seekers pack Kits Beach in Vancouver on Sunday as temperatures neared record highs. Photo: Nick Procaylo
Sun seekers pack Kits Beach in Vancouver on Sunday as temperatures neared record highs. Photo: Nick Procaylo

The Lower Mainland has survived its first heat wave of the summer.

After a soggy spring, summer hit the B.C. south coast with a vengeance on the weekend, breaking at least 10 daily temperature records on Saturday.

Lytton was the hottest spot in the province, its 36.5 C toppling a record set almost a century ago in 1926. Cache Creek came a close second with 35.6 C.

The two-day heat wave also saw records broken Saturday in Victoria, Squamish, and Abbotsford, where the mercury topped 32.2 C.

The Sunshine Coast lived up to its name, with Sechelt, Powell River and Gibsons all posting record-breaking temperatures.

Sunday was poised to be another scorcher, with Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement warning of temperatures peaking in the low 30s along the coast and in the mid- to high 30s in the southwestern Interior.

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The hottest spot in Metro Vancouver Sunday was Pitt Meadows, which hit 32.7 C. Abbotsford wasn’t too far behind, with temperatures hovering around 31 C.

Vancouver International Airport recorded 24 C, while temperatures reached 27 C in downtown Vancouver.

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On Saturday, Coquitlam Search and Rescue responded to a call from help on Burke Mountain after a hiker was overcome by the heat