Record-breaking temps in BC enough to make the rest of Canada jealous
Wednesday, February 18, 2015, 9:20 AM - From unprecedented amounts of snow to driving wind chills, February has been a brutal month for many parts of the country. Unless of course, you live in the lower regions of British Columbia.
On Tuesday, at least four temperature records were broken along the southern coast -- and it wasn't because of the cold.
Average daytime highs of soared upwards of 16 degrees Celsius across parts of the lower mainland.
The communities of Victoria and Hope reached temperature highs that haven't been felt on the date of February 17 in nearly 75 years.
The month has already brought an abundance of above seasonal temperatures and mild conditions to the province.
This week, a ridge of high pressure have ensured clear, sunny skies accompany the recent wave of warm weather.
Farther inland, dry conditions have prompted a dust advisory for the town of Golden. A lack of active weather in the past few weeks has caused dust and dirt to accumulate.
"Exposure is particularly a concern for infants, the elderly and those who have underlying medical conditions such as breathing or lung conditions, hay fever, asthma or persons who react strongly to dust," according to Environment Canada.
Dust advisories are quite common in the valleys during the winter months, and are brought on by a lack of weather activity, mainly winds and precipitation.
But the recent spell of warm, dry conditions for the south may be over once the calendar turns a page.
For March, it appears that the ski season may be salvageable with an increase in rainfall when compared to February.
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