B.C. breaks temperature records over Thanksgiving long weekend

Monday, October 9, 2023


Thanksgiving weekend brought record-breaking temperatures to parts of B.C., with some areas surpassing previous highs by more than four degrees.

According to data released by Environment Canada, the temperature in Port Hardy reached 23.1 on Saturday — 4.8 degrees higher than the previous high of 18.3 in 1964.

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Mackenzie set a new record of 21.1 degrees, shattering the previous high of 17.4 in 1978. Prince Rupert, meanwhile, hit 21.5 degrees, breaking the record of 18.3 set in 1943.

Quesnel’s high of 23 degrees broke a more than 100-year record of 22.2 in 1919.

Four other municipalities set new temperature records for the second-straight year: West Vancouver hit a high of 25 degrees, a full degree higher than the record it set in 2022; Pitt Meadows reached 27.7 degrees, which was 0.7 degrees warmer than the record it set last year; Bella Bella’s high of 23.1 degrees beat the record 19.8 it set in 2022; and Powell River, which hit a high of 23.5 degrees, breaking the record of 23.2 set last year.

Among the other record-high temperatures on Saturday:

Burns Lake: 22.5 degrees (previous record of 22.1 was set in 2012)

Dawson Creek: 25 degrees (previous record of 23.9 was set in 1952)

Prince George: 22.6 degrees (previous record of 21.4 was set in 2010)

Prince Rupert: 21.5 degrees (previous record of 18.3 was set in 1943)

The Tatlayoko Lake Area: 24.7 degrees (previous record of 23.9 was set in 1952)

The warm weather is expected to continue through Sunday, before dropping back into the teens on the Thanksgiving Monday.

In Metro Vancouver, rain is in the forecast for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before the sunshine returns to end the week.

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