More than 3 dozen temperature records broken in British Columbia

Unseasonably warm weather in British Columbia caused more than three dozen temperature records to fall across the province on Monday.

According to preliminary data from Environment and Climate Change Canada, 35 areas broke or tied their previous daily high temperature record from Jan. 29. Additionally, nine areas broke their previous record for highest daily minimum temperature for that same day.

Some of the records that fell were more than 90 years old. Cranbrook’s 1931 record for January 29 was 10.6 C. But on Monday it warmed to 10.8 C. On Vancouver Island, Esquimalt’s 1931 record of 13.3 C was surpassed when the Mercury rose to 15.3 C.

Several records were also broken in the Lower Mainland. In Vancouver, the temperature reached 14.3 C, surpassing the previous 1940 record of 13.3 C. Richmond, which held the same record from 1940, was even warmer on Monday, reaching 14.4 C.

The meteorological agency explained that the warm weather is due to “a very soft air mass” in the province. Mild, rainy weather is forecast to remain in Metro Vancouver for the rest of the week. Wednesday is expected to be the warmest day, with a high of 14 C in Vancouver. Environment Canada’s forecast shows the weather is expected to be cooler, but sunnier, for the weekend, with highs of 8 C.

Other high temperature records broken or tied on Monday, according to preliminary data from Environment Canada, include:

  • Abbotsford area: new record 18.2 C, old record 15.6 C set in 1960
  • Bella Bella area: new record of 13.3 C, old record of 13 C set in 1998
  • Cache Creek Area – tied their 1989 record of 14 C
  • Clinton area: new record 10.3 C, old record 6.8 C set in 2012
  • Comox area: new record 13.3 C, old record 12 C set in 2018
  • Courtenay area: new record 13.3 C, old record 12 C set in 2018
  • Dawson Creek area: new record 15.1 C, old record 13.3 C set in 1934
  • Dease Lake area: new record 8.7 C, old record 5 C set in 2022
  • Fort Nelson area: new record 13.5 C, old record 6 C set in 2007
  • Fort St. John area: new record 12.8 C, old record 10.5 C set in 1993
  • Gibsons area: new record 16.2 C, old record 10.5 C set in 1993
  • Gonzales Point area: new record 15.3 C, old record 13.3 C set in 1931
  • Kamloops area: new record of 11.8 C, old record of 11 set in 1988
  • Mackenzie area: new record 9.3 C, old record 5.1 C set in 2009
  • Malahat area: new record 14.2 C, old record 12.6 C set in 1992
  • Merritt area: new record 12.7 C, old record 12 C set in 1989
  • Osoyoos area: new record 12.4 C, old record 11.7 C set in 1974
  • Penticton area: new record 12.8 C, old record 11.1 C set in 1974
  • Port Hardy area: new record 13.3°C, old record 12°C set in 1998
  • Powell River area: new record 12.8 C, old record 12.2 C set in 1931
  • Prince Rupert area: new record 12.6 C, old record 12.2 C set in 1935
  • Puntzi mountain area: new record of 10.6 °C, old record of 10 °C set in 2009
  • Sechelt area: new record 16.2 C, old record 11 C set in 1995
  • Sparwood area: new record 10 C, old record 7.2 C set in 1976
  • Summerland area: new record 12 C, old record 11.1 C set in 1953
  • Terrace area: new record 9.5 C, old record 7.5 C, set in 1993
  • Victoria area: tied its 1995 record of 13.1 C
  • Victoria Harbour, Hartland and university areas: new record of 15.3 C, old record of 13.3 C set in 1931
  • West Vancouver area: new record 17.3 C, old record 14 C set in 1998

The new records for highest daily minimum temperature include:

  • Abbotsford area: new record 8.4 C, old record 7.2 C set in 1976
  • Agassiz zone: new record of 8.9 °C, old record of 7.2 °C set in 1940
  • Bella Bella area: new record 10.7 C, old record 7 C set in 1998
  • Campbell River area: new record 9.6 C, old record 6.5 C set in 1995
  • Comox area: new record 9.7 C, old record 7.7 C set in 1998
  • Pitt Meadows area: new record 10.3 C, old record 7.2 C set in 1935
  • Prince Rupert area: new record 9.7 C, old record 7.2 C set in 1940
  • Vancouver area: new record 11.7 C, old record 7.4 C set in 1992
  • Victoria Hartland area: new record 10 C, old record 8.5 C set in 1998

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