Vancouver breaks 103-year-old temperature record as arctic front continues

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B.C. evening weather forecast: Oct 10
The Thursday, Oct 10, 2019 evening weather forecast for Metro Vancouver and British Columbia – Oct 10, 2019

The continued blast of cold air through B.C. caused a number of longstanding temperature records to crumble Wednesday and Thursday.

In Vancouver, a record cold reading of -0.6 C set in 1916 was broken by just 0.1 degrees Thursday morning, according to Environment Canada.

That wasn’t even the oldest record broken this week, however.

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In the University of Victoria area, students walked to class on Thursday in 0.4 C weather — well down from the old record of 2.2 C set all the way back in 1890.

Bella Coola broke back-to-back records Wednesday and Thursday, starting with a -2.9 C reading that exceeded the -1.1 C record set in 1907. It got even colder Thursday at -3.4 C, a 0.1 degree change from a 1915 record.

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Other areas that saw records broken both days include Port Alberni, Squamish, Victoria, Hope, Sechelt and Powell River.

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The coldest record broken was a -14.5 C reading in the Sparwood area north of Fernie set in 2009. On Thursday, residents woke up to a -15 C chill.

Global BC’s chief meteorologist Mark Mardyga said the cold air is expected to stick around through Thursday, with warmer air moving in by Friday with a low of 3 C and a high of 16 C possible.

The sun is also forecast to stick around until then, with cloud and possible showers rolling in for the weekend.

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B.C. evening weather forecast: Oct 9

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