It was hot enough to break temperature records in Chilliwack on Mother’s Day, which marked the second day of a mini heat wave across B.C.
The mercury hit 30.4 degrees Celsius on May 10, which was 12.7 degrees above normal, according to Roger Pannett, Chilliwack’s volunteer weather observer for Environment Canada.
He thought that might have been the hotspot for B.C. on Mother’s Day, but that honour went to Lytton when it hit 33.2 degrees. More than a dozen records fell across the province.
The unseasonably hot Sunday in Chilliwack blew away the record of 29.5 C set last year on May 10.
Overnight Saturday also saw a record-breaking high minimum temperature of 13.3 C, which was 6.4 C above normal, breaking last year’s record on that day of 12.6 C in 2019.
Sunday was also notable for a high mean record of 21.85 C which was almost 10 degrees above normal. Again the previous high was recorded in 2019 on the same day, of 21.05 C.
The record-breaking heat started on May 9, when the maximum for that day was 11.1 degrees above normal at 29.5 C. The previous maximum temperature record for the day was 28.8C set in 2019.
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