As temperatures rise in B.C., so is the province’s fire danger warning

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More sunshine is in store for most of the province, though some cloud is expected in the northern half. Kasia Bodurka has more on what to expect – May 11, 2019

It was another record-setting day for temperatures in B.C., as 26 new daily highs were recorded on Friday.

Since Thursday, the province has been basking in sunshine thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure. On Friday, most of the record-breaking temperatures occurred along the South Coast and Vancouver Island. However, a handful of new maximums occurred in the Interior, including Lytton, which had the nation’s hottest temperature at 33.2 C.

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That eclipsed Lytton’s old mark of 32.2, which was set in 1949.

To see what records were broken, click here.

Yet with record-breaking temperatures, B.C.’s fire danger rating is keeping pace with the thermometer.

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WATCH BELOW (Aired May 9, 2019): Growing concerns about 2019 fire season

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Growing concerns about 2019 fire season – May 9, 2019

On Saturday, most of the province was at Level 3, or moderate. But there are growing sections at Level 4, or high, including most of the South Coast and Vancouver Island plus small areas in the Southern Interior, such as the Central Okanagan.

According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the five ratings are 1, very low; 2, low; 3, moderate; 4 high danger; and 5, extreme danger.

For more on fire danger ratings in B.C., click here and here. To view provincial weather maps, click here.

For the latest on wildfires burning across the province, visit the B.C. Wildfire Service active wildfire page.


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