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Tiny B.C. community breaks 119-year-old heat record

Hailey Montgomery
Digital Reporter

Thursday, August 3, 2017, 11:10 AM - A small community in British Columbia recorded a previously unprecedented daily temperature this week, a product of a heatwave that has developed in the provinces southern interior and coastal regions. 

Agassiz, a farming community in the Upper Fraser Valley region, reached 34.1oC on Wednesday, August 2, the highest temperature ever recorded on that day since 1898. The highest temperature ever recorded in the area is 39.4oC on August 10, 1898.

Twenty areas broke their daily record highs for August 1 and 2. Much of the southern coastal and interior regions of the province are in the midst of a heat wave, which has prompted various special weather and air quality statements.

Smoke continues to hang over the Lower Mainland, and Environment Canada has issued smoky skies bulletins for parts of the region.

Located in the Kent District, Agassiz has a populations of 6,000 people, and is currently under a campfire ban until further notice.

British Columbia is in the midst of the third worst wildfire season in its history in terms of land burned. Over 100 fires are still active.

Source: Environment Canada

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