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Parts of B.C. continue to sizzle, but a pattern change is looming

Sunday, May 10th 2020, 11:53 am - Parts of British Columbia broke daily temperature records Saturday, as daytime highs may hit 30 degrees again Sunday

While Eastern Canada battles with temperatures that are several degrees below seasonal British Columbia got a head start on summer this weekend, with a couple cities hitting 30°C and several others coming close, breaking records, Saturday.

Lytton and Pemberton both hit the 30-degree mark, the first municipalities in Canada to do so in 2020.

Among those who broke daily records were Squamish, which hit 29.7°C, surpassing the 29.5°C daytime high set in 2019, Abbotsford, reaching 28.6°C, exceeding its prior high of 27.1°C in 2019, and Victoria, topping off at 27°C, beating out its 2019 record of 25.6°C.

We will continue to see highs in the mid-to-upper-20s Sunday, possibly hitting 30 again in some locales. Daytime highs are several degrees above seasonal. This is in stark contrast to the March-like weather that is still prominent east of the Rockies.


Dry conditions will continue for B.C. Monday, with slightly cooler temperatures, ahead of a pattern change on the way. Rain is set to return to the Lower Mainland and South Coast Tuesday morning, along with a cooldown. North and central areas of the province will continue to stay dry.


It is important to keep in mind, however, that while many will welcome the early summer heat this weekend, residents will also need to be on alert for the looming flood threat in the coming weeks as the higher than normal snowpack in the mountains begin to melt.

High streamflow advisories are in effect through the Okanagan after parts of Kelowna experienced flooding on Thursday.



An evacuation order and alert was issued for eight properties near Quesnel, B.C., because of risk of a landslide from flooding.The order affects one property in the Maple Drive area south of the city, which is in immediate danger.

Those affected by the evacuation order must close all windows and doors and immediately leave the area, taking only essential items such as medicine, wallets and keys. They are urged not to use their phones unless they require emergency assistance.

Meteorologist Chris St. Clair has your complete forecast details in the video that leads this article.

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