June 29, 2015 11:14 am
Updated: August 6, 2016 1:13 am

36 daily temperature records set in B.C. as campfire ban begins on South Coast

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It was hard to ignore British Columbia’s historic heat wave on Sunday.

In total, 36 communities across the province hit record highs for June 27, including a blistering 40.4 degrees Celsius in Osoyoos.

However, considerable cloud cover invaded on the South Coast later in the day.

Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga says showers and thunderstorms will track through the Interior on Monday, along with much lower afternoon temperatures.

“High pressure will rebuild on the South Coast, leading to another extended stretch of sunny and hot, dry weather, beginning this afternoon and lasting through the upcoming weekend,” says Madryga.

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A campfire ban went into effect for much of the South Coast on Sunday.

It made for a melancholy Friday night for campers at Alice Lake Provincial Park in the north end of Squamish, who knew they were putting out campfires for likely the final time this summer.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if it was on all summer. I’d be shocked. The only way they’re taking it off is if we get any major amounts of precipitation, which doesn’t look like it’s going to [happen],” said Matt Vandenraadt.

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The hot, dry weather continues to be a concern for plenty of people, including firefighters.

“Squamish to Whistler is an extreme [zone]. There’s a large area expanding just to the east of Chilliwack. With these high temperatures and the dry weather we expect those areas to expand even further,” says Marg Drysdale, Fire Information Officer for the South Coast.

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More than $62 million has already been spent on fires so far this year – and Drysdale wants people to remember that individuals can be found liable if they’re found responsible for any themselves.

“If it cause a wildfire, and contributes to a wildfire, the person responsible may be ordered to pay all the firefighting and associated costs of that wildfire.”

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