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Parts of B.C. in for more record-breaking heat Wednesday

Last Updated Jun 2, 2021 at 1:32 pm PDT

Downtown Vancouver is seen here from North Vancouver on a sunny day in the summer of 2019. (Source: Riley Phillips/NEWS 1130)
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Port Alberni, Pemberton, Lillooet among B.C. communities that saw all-time highs on Tuesday

More record temperatures could be set on Wednesday, with highs in the 30s expected

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The official start of summer is still a few weeks away, but in B.C., it sure feels like we’re into it already.

“We are into a full-blown summertime weather pattern,” said NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Michael Kuss.

“The jet stream is well to the north. Warm air is pumping in from the south and southeast. That’s not just for coastal B.C. It’s a good chunk of the province, into Alberta and Saskatchewan, and eventually Manitoba.”

Temperature records were broken across southern B.C. on Tuesday. Port Alberni, Pemberton, Lillooet, Princeton, and Nelson are some spots where the records fell.

Michael says more all-time highs could be set Wednesday, some dating back as much as 100 years.

“Temperatures away from the shoreline, especially, soar into the 30s, likely getting up into the mid-30s for a lot of those Interior locations,” he said.

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Metro Vancouver is coming off a dry spring, with only about 100mm of rain falling in March, April, and May. Forecasters are expecting a hot, dry summer this year, which could increase the risk of wildfires.

The BC Wildfire Service says so far, the season has been pretty average in terms of the number of fires and hectares burned. But the situation in the summer largely depends on the amount of rainfall in June.

“We’ll be looking at the amount and frequency of precipitation because that’ll be a really good predictor of what fire season will bring,” Taylor Coleman with the service said.

With files from Mike Lloyd and Nikitha Martins