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British Columbia heatwave: 17 temperature records broken

British Columbia heatwave: 17 temperature records broken

British Columbia heatwave: 17 temperature records broken

Sunday was the hottest July 7 on record in 17 British Columbia communities amid a heatwave that prompted weather warnings across much of the province, according to preliminary data from Environment and Climate Change Canada.

The highest recorded temperature was recorded in Lytton, where it reached 39.9C. Before Sunday, Lytton’s hottest July 7 had been more than 70 years ago, when the mercury rose to 38.9C in 1953.

A record daily high temperature that had stood in Kamloops for more than a century was also reached: 37.6°C in the city, surpassing the 1906 high of 35.6°C.

The federal weather agency issued heat warnings for more than 40 regions in British Columbia over the weekend, including the Lower Mainland, central and southern interior, interior sections of the central and northern coasts, northeastern British Columbia and eastern and interior sections of Vancouver Island.

The report notes that current “very high” temperatures pose a “moderate risk to public health.” As a result, cooling centres have been opened in several cities across British Columbia.

The ECCC says the heatwave is forecast to ease from Tuesday night, but the warm weather will continue.

Below is the complete list of high temperature records broken on Sunday:

  • Cache Creek: New record of 39.5°C; previous record of 36.9°C set in 2015
  • Clinton: New record of 32.6°C; previous record of 32.0°C set in 2017
  • Fort Nelson: New record of 31.4°C; previous record of 30.6°C set in 1953
  • Gibsons: New record of 30.1°C; previous record of 30.0°C set in 2010
  • Kamloops: New record of 37.6°C; previous record of 35.6°C set in 1906
  • Kelowna: New record of 36.2°C; previous record of 35.6°C set in 1970
  • Lytton: New record of 39.9°C; previous record of 38.9°C set in 1953
  • Malahat: new record of 30.7°C; previous record of 29.1°C set in 2010
  • Merritt: New record of 35.7°C; previous record of 35.6°C set in 2015
  • Pemberton: New record of 38.0°C; previous record of 35.6°C set in 1953
  • Penticton: New record of 36.4°C; previous record of 36.1°C set in 1960
  • Puntzi Mountain: new record of 32.9°C; previous record of 32.1°C set in 2015
  • Sechelt: new record of 30.1°C; previous record of 30.0°C set in 2010
  • Smithers: New record of 31.8°C; previous record of 30.1°C set in 2021
  • Lake Tatlayoko: new record of 32.4°C; previous record of 31.1°C set in 1931
  • Vernon: New record of 36.1°C; previous record of 34.5°C set in 2015
  • Whistler: New record of 33.2°C; previous record of 32.3°C set in 2023

The ECCC notes that temperature records are “derived from a selection of historical stations in each geographical area that were active during the period of record” and their summary may contain preliminary or unofficial information.