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More record-breaking temperatures across B.C.

Last Updated Mar 20, 2019 at 9:42 am PDT

Summary

Another record-breaking day for BC and the Yukon as the strong high pressure remains over B.C.

Abbotsford was actually the hottest spot in Canada for a time on Tuesday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Temperature records across B.C. fell on Tuesday, the final full day of winter.

New highs were set in the Vancouver, White Rock, Chilliwack, Pitt Meadows, Squamish and Whistler areas among many others.

Abbotsford actually eclipsed its previous high of 20 degrees set in 1960 when the thermometer hit 24.5 degrees, making it the hottest spot in Canada for a time on Tuesday.

RELATED: B.C. and Yukon saw 32 temperature records broken on Monday

So what can we expect from spring, which officially arrives this afternoon?

“On the heels of what was a record-setting winter season with the coldest-ever February ever in Metro Vancouver, we’re already getting a sample of the potential change in our overall weather pattern heading into spring,” says Meteorologist Russ Lacate.

Vancouver broke its 1947 record of 13.9 degrees by reaching 15.4 during the day. Chilliwack broke its 1928 record hitting 24 on the thermometer.

“Spring forecast maps we’ve been following for the past couple of months, they’re still trending significantly drier and warmer,” Lacate adds. “Expectations are that after a long and drawn-out west coast winter, the weather will shift dramatically towards the sunnier and milder side of the scale. Sunshine hours and temperatures skewing above average for the following few months, while rainfall totals dip below normal for April, May and June. Chances are, we’re in for an unusually dry spring.”

The vernal or spring equinox officially arrives on the west coast at 2:58 p.m. Pacific Time.

Full list of records:

Abbotsford Area 
New record: 24.5 
Old record: 20.0 set in 1960 
Records began in 1944 

Agassiz Area 
New record: 24.4 
Old record: 23.7 set in 1928 
Records began in 1889 

Bella Coola Area 
New record: 20.3 
Old record: 17.8 set in 1947 
Records began in 1895 

Blue River Area 
New record: 16.6 
Old record: 12.7 set in 1998 
Records began in 1946 

Burns Lake Area 
New record: 14.7 
Old record: 11.5 set in 1998 
Records began in 1949 

Cassiar Area 
New record: 12.4 
Old record: 9.0 set in 1981 
Records began in 1954 

Chetwynd Area 
New record: 18.5 
Old record: 13.3 set in 1979 
Records began in 1970 

Chilliwack Area 
New record: 24.1 
Old record: 23.9 set in 1928 
Records began in 1881 

Clearwater Area 
New record: 18.3 
Old record: 17.8 
Records began in 1913 

Clinton Area 
New record: 13.9 
Old record: 10.0 set in 2007 
Records began in 1973 

Dease Lake Area 
New record: 15.4 
Old record: 11.1 set in 1947 
Records began in 1944 

Esquimalt Area 
New record: 20.7 
Old record: 19.4 set in 1928 
Records began in 1874 

Estevan Point Area 
New record: 19.7 
Old record: 16.0 
Records began in 1908 

Fort Nelson Area 
New record: 17.0 
Old record: 12.8 set in 1947 
Records began in 1937 

Hope Area 
New record: 24.1 
Old record: 21.7 set in 1947 
Records began in 1936 

Hope Slide Area 
New record: 16.9 
Old record: 14.5 set in 2016 
Records began in 1967 

Kitimat Area 
New record: 17.1 
Old record: 13.3 set in 1960 
Records began in 1902 

Mackenzie Area 
New record: 12.6 
Old record: 11.0 set in 1979 
Records began in 1971 

Malahat Area 
New record: 19.2 
Old record: 14.5 set in 1988 
Records began in 1986 

Masset Area 
New record: 16.6 
Old record: 13.9 set in 1900 
Records began in 1897 

Muncho Lake Area 
New record: 17.1 
Old record: 8.0 set in 1998 
Records began in 1970 

Nakusp Area 
New record: 14.1 
Old record: 12.2 set in 1915 
Records began in 1912 

Nanaimo Area 
New record: 20.0 
Old record: 17.8 set in 1928 
Records began in 1892 

Pemberton Area 
New record: 18.0 
Old record: 17.2 set in 1928 
Records began in 1908 

Pitt Meadows Area 
New record: 23.8 
Old record: 20.0 set in 1914 
Records began in 1874 

Port Hardy Area 
New record: 18.2 
Old record: 15.0 set in 1960 
Records began in 1944 

Powell River Area 
New record: 18.2 
Old record: 17.2 set in 1928 
Records began in 1924 

Prince Rupert Area 
New record: 18.5 
Old record: 17.2 set in 1928 
Records began in 1908 

Sechelt Area 
New record: 18.3 
Old record: 14.0 set in 1984 
Records began in 1956 

Southern Gulf Islands Area 
New record: 22.3 
Old record: 18.9 
Records began in 1909 

Squamish Area 
New record: 24.2 
Old record: 18.9 set in 1960 
Records began in 1960 

Tatlayoko Lake Area 
New record 17.8 (tied) 
Old record 17.8 set in 1947 
Records began in 1930 

Tetsa River Area 
New record: 14.4 
Old record: 9.0 set in 1984 
Records began in 1982 

Tofino Area 
New record: 24.5 
Old record: 19.4 set in 1928 
Records began in 1896 

Vancouver Area 
New record: 15.5 
Old record: 14.5 set in 2016 
Records began in 1896 

Vanderhoof Area 
New record: 15.0 
Old record: 14.4 set in 1928 
Records began in 1916 

Victoria Area 
New record: 20.0 
Old record: 17.8 set in 1928 
Records began in 1914 

Victoria Gonzales Area 
New record: 21.0 
Old record: 19.4 set in 1928 
Records began in 1874 

Victoria Harbour Area 
New record: 20.0 
Old record: 16.7 set in 1878 
Records began in 1874 

Whistler Area 
New record: 15.0 
Old record: 14.4 set in 1992 
Records began in 1950 

White Rock Area 
New record: 22.6 
Old record: 16.9 set in 2016 
Records began in 1929 

Williams Lake Area 
New record: 15.7 
Old record: 13.3 set in 2015 
Records began in 1960