Another summerlike day in B.C. toppled 10 temperature records, according to Environment Canada.
The hottest spot in the province Wednesday was Lytton, where the temperature reached 36.9 C, breaking a record of 36.7 C set in 1948, according to the national weather agency.
A distant second was Pitt Meadows, where a new record of 32 C was set on June 7, breaking an old record of 30.6 C set in 1898. This was the oldest record toppled Wednesday.
Hope was similarly hot, reaching a record of 31.2 C, surpassing the previous record of 30.6 C set in 1948.
The remaining seven temperature records didn’t crack 30 C and whether temperature records will continue to fall in the day ahead remains to be seen.
Cooler, damper weather is a possibility across the lower quarter of the province on Friday.
Environment Canada has called for showers across the lower quarter of the province June 9, possibly bringing as much as 10 millimetres of rain to the Squamish, Sechelt, Metro Vancouver and Fraser Valley regions before sun and heat return on the weekend.
No showers are due in parts of parched northeastern B.C. until at least next week. The forecast shows temperatures should remain well above average through the weekend, meaning no respite from smoky conditions or aid for crews battling several large wildfires there.
Campfire bans were scheduled to take effect Thursday across most of British Columbia as the wildfire danger remained high to extreme everywhere except the northwest and southeast corners of the province and on Haida Gwaii.
The remaining seven temperature records are as follows:
Puntzi Mountain Area
New record of 29.7 C
Old record of 29.6 C set in 2003
New record of 29.5 C
Old record of 27.3 C set in 2015
New record of 29.3 C
Old record of 27.8 C set in 1948
New record of 29.3 C
Old record of 28.4 C set in 2015
Yoho National Park
New record of 29 C
Old record of 28.9 C set in 1923
West Vancouver Area
New record of 28.6 C
Old record of 28.4 C set in 1998
New record of 25.3
Old record of 23.8 set in 2011
-with files from The Canadian Press