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B.C.’s heat wave is breaking maximum temperature records that have stood for over 100 years: report

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B.C. is baking under an intense heat wave that is breaking maximum temperature records in communities all over the province, said a preliminary weather summary from Environment Canada on Wednesday night.

A ridge of high pressure has created a heat wave over B.C.’s southern half, resulting in “several days of broken maximum temperature records,” the agency said.

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The summary contained “preliminary or unofficial information” and therefore couldn’t be considered a final report.

But it nevertheless showed various communities hitting new marks on Tuesday and Wednesday — some, like in Agassiz and Victoria Harbour, hadn’t hit marks like these in over 100 years.

Here are the same-day maximum temperature records that were beaten on Aug. 1 and 2, according to Environment Canada:

August 1

Bella Bella area — 27.1 degrees Celsius (previous record 25.5 in 1999)

Bella Bella, B.C.
Bella Bella, B.C. Wikimedia Commons user The Interior

Campbell River area — 33 degrees Celsius (previous record 32.8 in 1965)

Kathy Paynter – Campbell River
Kathy Paynter – Campbell River. Kathy Paynter

Hope Slide area — 30.5 degrees Celsius (previous record 30 in 2015)

The Hope Slide, B.C.
The Hope Slide, B.C. Wikimedia Commons user Fawcett5

Tofino area — 28 degrees Celsius (previous record 25.6 in 1965)

Tofino, B.C.
Tofino, B.C. Christine Bosma

Victoria Harbour area — 25.9 degrees Celsius (previous record 25.6 in 1891)

Victoria Harbour in Victoria, B.C.
Victoria Harbour in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS - Deddeda Stemler

August 2

Abbotsford area — 34.1 degrees Celsius (previous record 32.3 in 1939)

Abbotsford, B.C.
Abbotsford, B.C. Wikimedia Commons user Circuitsinthesea

Agassiz area — 35.6 degrees Celsius (previous record 34.4 in 1898)

Farms in Metro Vancouver could see an almost year-round growth season by 2080.
Farms in Metro Vancouver could see an almost year-round growth season by 2080. Getty Images

Bella Bella area  — 28 degrees Celsius (previous record 26 in 1993)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stop on a bridge as they walk through the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, B.C., Monday, Sept 26, 2016.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stop on a bridge as they walk through the Great Bear Rainforest in Bella Bella, B.C., Monday, Sept 26, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Chilliwack area — 35.6 degrees Celsius (previous record 32.8 in 1927)

Workers load brussels sprouts on a tractor in a field in Chilliwack, B.C. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013.
Workers load brussels sprouts on a tractor in a field in Chilliwack, B.C. Monday, Nov. 11, 2013. Jonathan Hayward/CP

Estevan Point area — 21.9 degrees Celsius (previous record 20.6 in 1947)

Estevan Point, B.C.
Estevan Point, B.C. Environment Canada

Hope area — 37.2 degrees Celsius (previous record 36.1 in 1939)

Hope, B.C.
Hope, B.C. Wikimedia Commons user Jeff Brooktree

Kitimat area — 31 degrees Celsius (previous record 31 in 1999)

Kitimat, B.C.
Kitimat, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Malahat area — 32.5 degrees Celsius (previous record 30.8 in 1993)

Malahat, B.C.
Malahat, B.C. Flickr user Don Dykun/Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0)

Port Alberni area — 36.8 degrees Celsius (previous record 35 in 2009)

Shon White – Port Alberni
Shon White – Port Alberni. Shon White

Port Hardy area — 23.1 degrees Celsius (previous record 22.2 in 1961)

A Humpback Whale, leaps out of the water near Port Hardy, British Columbia on August 13, 2008. The Humpback whale perhaps the best known of the baleen whales, occurring in all oceans. The community of Port Hardy is located at the tip of Vancouver Island.
A Humpback Whale, leaps out of the water near Port Hardy, British Columbia on August 13, 2008. The Humpback whale perhaps the best known of the baleen whales, occurring in all oceans. The community of Port Hardy is located at the tip of Vancouver Island. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff Bassett

Powell River area — 29 degrees Celsius (previous record 28.9 in 1961)

Lois Gagnon – Powell River
Lois Gagnon – Powell River. Lois Gagnon

Sechelt area — 29.3 degrees Celsius (previous record 28.8 in 2009)

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Sechelt sunset reflection. Brenda Hargrove

Squamish area — 33.2 degrees Celsius (previous record 30.8 in 2009)

The Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia.
The Stawamus Chief in Squamish, British Columbia. Matthew Van Deventer

Tofino area — 31.5 degrees Celsius (previous record 27.2 in 1993)

Richard Coulson – Tofino
Richard Coulson – Tofino. Richard Coulson

White Rock area — 29.5 degrees Celsius (previous record 28.9 in 1939)

Randy Lee – White Rock
Randy Lee – White Rock. Randy Lee