WATCH: As people head outdoors to enjoy the hot weather many local businesses are reaping the rewards but the heat is also causing the snowpack to melt ahead of schedule
Whether you were in the water or on shore Tuesday you could feel the heat right across Vancouver Island.
At Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria ice cream was in high demand and tourists were loving it.
“It’s incredible I’ll take it all day long, there’s still snow on the ground at home so we’ll take this, with the tulips blooming it’s incredible,” said Laura Francis who was visiting with her family from Ontario.
With a second day of extreme spring heat, business owners like Brad Armstrong were celebrating.
“As soon as we get beautiful days like this with light rain and tons of sunshine everybody wants to go kayaking… we’re halfway through the month of April and we’re already ahead of what we did last year in the month of April,” said Armstrong who owns Kelp Reef Adventures kayaking company at Fisherman’s Wharf.
Victoria’s Inner Harbour was a hot spot for a cool drink on a patio.
“Oh you notice a huge difference, the weather comes out, people just flock to the patio… this is what we were waiting for and hopefully it just continues on indefinitely that would be perfect for us,” said Kyle Johnston, General Manager of the Flying Otter Grill.
People who prefer their own patios were out looking for new finds.
“Everybody came out needing their barbecue yesterday, looking for patio furniture, umbrellas, bamboo fencing you name it so it’s been quite an interesting couple of weeks and some of our newer staff have been quite, I won’t say overwhelmed, but certainly surprised by the level of activity,” said Capital Iron owner Mike Black.
But there is another side to all of the summer-like sunshine — it’s pushed the snow melt ahead of schedule by as much as four weeks.
“Having that early melt really shifts the melt cycle, so when we melt early the water isn’t there later in the year when we normally have it,” said Dave Thompson with the B.C. River Forecast Centre.
While there is more snow in the mountains this year compared to last it could still mean drought this summer.
But it’s still early, and rain could make a difference.
So for now, enjoy the heat while it lasts.