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The heat is on! It could be a record-setting warm day

Last Updated Mar 12, 2018 at 11:16 am PDT

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It's expected to be the warmest day so far for the entire southern half of BC

Daytime highs expected to approach 20 degrees in parts of the Lower Mainland

LOWER MAINLAND (NEWS 1130) – It’s the kind of day that reminds you why you live on the west coast.

With daytime highs expected to approach 20 degrees in parts of the Lower Mainland, temperature records which have stood for decades could be broken today.

This is expected to be the warmest day of the year so far for the entire southern half of BC, according to NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate.

“The potential to break records is there, with previous all-time highs for this date ranging from 14.7 at YVR in 1998 up to 19.6 in Abbotsford back in 1981.”

But while it will still be nice in places like Whistler and Kelowna, nobody’s expecting any records to fall there.

“It’s right here, close to home, where the mercury really soars,” Russ emphasizes. “Some of the records that’ll be in jeopardy this afternoon: 18.3 in White Rock from 1965, 17.4 in Pitt Meadows from 1998, and 15.9 in West Vancouver.”

“It’s not just in the Lower Mainland, but almost province-wide we’re looking at this big warm spell for this afternoon. The all-time record high for this date in Victoria was 16.7 back in 1965. For Nanaimo, it’s 17.8 on the same date in history,” he adds.

The record-setting potential diminishes the closer you get to the coast.

“It’s that light northwest seabreeze that’ll be the difference-maker along the shoreline today, probably limiting your west side high to about 13 degrees. That wouldn’t be breaking any local records. But 19 degrees over the east side, into the Fraser Valley, get very near record-setting territory for this time of year.”

But enjoy it while it lasts. Russ says tomorrow, we’re back to spring rain and more seasonable daytime highs.

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