Bringing the heat: Records fall around the province

Enjoying the weather at Riverside Park in downtown Kamloops.

THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - Temperatures soared above seasonal normals yesterday, setting new records and capping off the end of March with sun and heat.

Environment Canada is reporting new records at more than two dozen weather stations across the province, including several in the Southern Interior.

The biggest increase was in Bella Bella, where a temperature of 25.6 Celsius yesterday, March 30, destroyed a 21-year-old record of 16.2 C. The oldest record to fall was in Port Alberni, where the mercury hit 23.2 C yesterday, beating a 1912 record of 22.8 C.

Among the communities which set records are Cache Creek, 24 C, Clearwater, 21.8 C, Clinton, 15.6 C, Lillooet, 25 C, and Lytton, 24.3 C. Lillooet’s previous record was the oldest, set in 1923.

Kamloops and Kelowna came within striking distance of record temperatures yesterday, coming within less than half a degree of the current records. Vernon was 1.7 degrees off the record while Penticton was more than four degrees below the record temperature.

With temperatures set to soar into the 20s across the region, more records could fall today and tomorrow. The weather office is calling for highs of 20 C to 22 C across the Okanagan and 24 C to 26 C in Kamloops today and tomorrow. Normal seasonal highs are 12 C and 14 C.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at jstahn@infonews.ca or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.


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