October 17, 2018 11:42 pm
Updated: October 17, 2018 11:43 pm

Late burst of summery weather sets records across B.C.

The view of Mount Baker from Sumas on Wednesday, Oct. 17.

Angus James Ferguson

It might be mid-October, but in many parts of B.C., it felt like summer on Wednesday.

With bright, sunny weather in many regions of the province, Environment Canada reported a number of new temperatures set in multiple B.C. municipalities.

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Pitt Meadows saw the highest temperature to topple a record on Wednesday, with the mercury topping out at 22.4 C, breaking a record from 2002.

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In eastern Cloverdale, temperatures hit 21.5 C, also beating a 2002 record.

The Lower Mainland wasn’t the only region with “sizzling” temperatures — in relative terms, anyway.

The thermometer peaked at 20.7 C in Dawson Creek, beating a 1954 record; Burns Lake weighed in at 18 C, beating a 1981 record and Prince Rupert broke a 1910 record with a temperature of 17.4 C.

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Metro Vancouver is also in the midst of an unseasonably long dry spell, with five more days of sunny weather in the forecast.

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If the weather holds, it will make for a 14-day dry stretch, but that won’t be enough to set any records — or even make the top-three dry spells recorded in the last 50 years.

Back in 1986, Vancouver saw a 24-day dry spell. The city recorded 21 consecutive days without rain in October 1987, and an 18-day stretch in 2013.

Environment Canada temperature records across B.C.

  • Burns Lake Area: New record: 18.0.  Old record: 16.2 set in 1981
  • Cloverdale East: New record: 21.5.  Old record: 21.0 set in 2002
  • Chetwynd Area: New record: 20.0.  Old record: 17.8 set in 1978
  • Dawson Creek Area: New record: 20.7.  Old record: 20.6 set in 1954
  • Fort St. John Area: Tied record: 19.4 (Tie).  Old record: 19.4 set in 1942
  • Hope Slide Area: New record: 18.3.  Old record: 18.2 set in 1981
  • Mackenzie Area: New record: 14.9.  Old record: 13.5 set in 2002
  • Pemberton Area: Tied record: 18.0 (Tie).  Old record: 18.0 set in 2002
  • Pitt Meadows Area: New record: 22.4.  Old record: 21.3 set in 2002
  • Prince Rupert Area: New record: 17.4.  Old record: 16.1 set in 1910
  • Sechelt Area: New record: 17.5.  Old record: 17.2 set in 1974
  • Williams Lake Area: Tied record: 16.1 (Tie)  Old record: 16.1 set in 1978

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