White Rock enjoyed a beautiful summer day as the mercury hit 20.3 degrees Celsius on Monday.
There’s just one problem — it’s not even technically spring yet.
Coverage of B.C. weather records on Globalnews.ca:
White Rock set a temperature record for March 12 that was last set in 1965, when the mercury hit 18.3 degrees Celsius.
Other communities that saw new temperature records included Pitt Meadows, which hit 19.5 degrees Celsius, beating a record of 19.4 degrees Celsius that was set in 1941.
Bella Bella also hit a record, reaching 16 degrees Celsius, three degrees warmer than it was on March 12, 2005.
And Dease Lake also set a record, hitting 9 degrees Celsius after last setting a high mark of 8.3 degrees in 1965.
Elsewhere, records weren’t necessarily being set, but high temperatures were witnessed nonetheless.
Vancouver hit a high of 14 degrees Celsius, while the airport hit a high of 12 degrees, North Vancouver 17 degrees, and West Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam all 18 degrees, according to Global BC senior meteorologist Kristi Gordon.
All of this happened before spring even reached its official start.
The vernal equinox comes on March 20, marking the first official day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
The equinox marks the day upon which the amount of darkness and daylight is equal, according to the Old Farmer’s Almanac.
Sunny weather is expected to give way to rain in Vancouver on Thursday and Friday, when highs are projected to be 11 degrees and nine degrees, respectively.
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