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Huge (but short) B.C. warm-up cracks 100 year old records

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 10:29 AM - Patio weather in March? Monday's temperatures across British Columbia's Lower Mainland were like a day more typical of June. Not only were these some of the warmest conditions in the last 100 days, some records that were broken were over 100 years old. 

"A weekend-long ridge of high pressure culminated in a record breaking Monday with several temperature records falling," says Environment Canada.  

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Over the weekend, a ridge in the jet stream worked its way northward up the West Coast, and the accompanying surge of warmth sent temperatures soaring for some parts of southern B.C. A "gift" from California that was so gladly welcomed by many. 

In southwestern B.C., Pitt Meadows hit 21.3oC on Monday making for the first 20 degree day in all of Canada so far this year. 

The dry and warm trend was short-lived however, as temperatures return to seasonal values with a cold front moving on shore. 

While much of Tuesday still looks dry for the Lower Mainland, we're watching for showers, and then heavier rain, to push into western Vancouver Island through Tuesday morning, then onto the mainland through the late afternoon and evening. 

"Freezing levels remain around 2500 m on Tuesday, so there's no snow concern for the mountain passes," says Weather Network meteorologist Kevin MacKay. "Freezing levels drop to 1500 m for Wednesday through the end of the week with some lingering high elevation flurries through the Interior Wednesday and showers in the valleys."

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