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B.C. shatters 17 temperature records on Mother's Day

Citynews 1130 Vancouver
FILE: The pier re-opened on Aug. 27, 2019 after months of repairs. (Kurtis Doering/NEWS 1130 Photo)
Summary

Preliminary data from Environment Canada shows 17 heat records were set in B.C. on Sunday

Hope was the hottest spot in B.C. on Mother's Day at 30.2 C

White Rock hit 29.1 degrees -- smashing the old record set almost eight decades ago

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — B.C. enjoyed record-breaking heat over the weekend, when people flocked to local beaches and rivers.

According to Environment Canada, preliminary data shows 17 heat records were set in B.C. on Sunday, including a temperature of 29.1 C in White Rock. The old record was 26.7 C, set 79 years ago.

Hope was the hottest spot in B.C. on Mother’s Day at 30.2 C, one-tenth of a degree warmer than Squamish. That was a record for Hope, breaking the high set last year.

Closer to home, White Rock hit 29.1 degrees — smashing the old record set almost eight decades ago.

Abbotsford also saw temperature records, as did Bella Bella, Prince Rupert, and Sandspit on Haida Gwaii.

Records were also set around Greater Victoria and in other Vancouver Island communities — Comox, Courtenay, and Port Hardy, with some of the old marks standing since 1968.

This past weekend, photos circulated of Kitsilano Beach and the shores of English Bay filled with people, sparking concerns about physical distancing during the COVID-19 crisis.