Social media was flooded with photos of a spectacular sunrise over the B.C. South Coast Tuesday morning.
Residents were greeted with a stunning display of pink, orange and yellow filling the sky.
Global BC meteorologist Mark Madryga says the magnificent sunrise was due to a number of factors.
“The clouds over the Lower Mainland had an interesting, somewhat wavy texture partially due to the flow of air aloft right now crossing the Olympic Mountains prior to reaching the South Coast,” he says. “At sunrise Tuesday, the light squeezed through a break in the clouds in the eastern sky, through the thickest part of the atmosphere, which enhances the red wavelengths of the light. The extra redness today is likely due to the additional moisture in the layer near the clouds thanks to the incoming Pacific front.”
“In this case, the old saying ‘red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning’ does apply today!”
Conditions for the South Coast are going to change dramatically Tuesday.
“Cooler, wetter air from the Pacific will translate to the east and cover the Lower Mainland Tuesday afternoon and evening,” says Madryga. “While the B.C. Interior will experience one more dry, partly sunny and mild day today, there is also rain and cooler air on the way there for Wednesday.”
Monday was a stunning day for most areas however, with many temperature records broken.
“A reading of close to 22 degrees was recorded in White Rock on Monday afternoon, shattering a record for the date by more than three degrees set decades ago,” says Madryga.
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.
Check out some of the photos of the sunrise this morning:
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