Warm weather records broken Friday in Metro Vancouver

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Warm weather records were smashed as some residents on B.C.’s South Coast basked in temperatures in the mid-to-high teens Friday.

Squamish hit a toasty 19.5 C, smashing the old record of 17 C set in 1988, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

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The federal weather agency says the Sunshine Coast also broke records. Gibsons was a balmy 13.7 C beating the old 1996 record of 13 C while Sechelt hit 13.7 C, up from 12.5 C the same year.

Elsewhere, Blue River hit 16.9, breaking the old record of 15.9 C set in 1992, while Burns Lake set a record by a hair of 11.5 C, up from 11.4 C in 1986, according to the agency. Similar records were also set in the Smithers, Mackenzie and Puntzi Mountain areas.

Quesnel residents warmed up to 18.4 C, beating an old record of 16.7 C in 1905 while those in the Tatlayoko Lake area experienced a record 17. 7 C, up from the 1947 record 16.1 C.

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Nan Lu, a meteorologist with Environment and Climate Change Canada, said a ridge of high pressure over B.C. is creating springtime temperatures, with some in the high teens.

“The normal daytime temperature for this time of the year is about 10 C. So right now, in some of the regions we have five to 10 C above seasonal temperatures,” said Lu.

“We have this very strong ridge of high pressure that brings warm temperatures and also keeps the warm temperatures over our region…So we’ll be continuing to see dry and sunny, warm temperature over the weekend.”

The warm and dry weather will likely continue for the first part of spring break through to Wednesday, when it will start to change to cooler temperatures with a few showers, she said.

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