People take in the sights and sunshine along the Vedder River Rotary Trail on Tuesday. It was the last official day of winter and temperature reached a record-breaking 24 degrees in Chilliwack. (Jenna Hauck/ The Progress)

March heat wave arrives with spring in Chilliwack

Two record high maximum temps recorded in Chilliwack with spring warmth

Welcome to the first March heat wave of 2019.

Two temperature records fell this week, just as they have across B.C., taking Chilliwack from an extended stint of cold — to record heat.

The last days of winter included a high maximum of 24 degrees C, on Tuesday, March 19, according to Roger Pannett, volunteer weather observer for Environment Canada for Chilliwack. That day reached a peak that was about a dozen degrees above normal, which sits at 12.5 degrees.

READ MORE: Records falling

It broke the previous maximum high record of 23.9 degrees set back in 1928.

The day also saw a record high mean at 15.65 degrees, which was 8.5 degrees above normal, and broke the previous record mean of 14.5 in 1914.

Monday, March 18 also blew away a record with the record high max of 22.7 degrees in Chilliwack, which was more than 11 degrees above normal.

Previous high max for that day was 20 C set in 1896. It also saw a record high mean of 15.35, 8.5 degrees above normal, smashing the previous high mean of 12.5 C in 1914.

READ MORE: Heat arrives with a vengeance


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