Arctic outflow warning lifted for Greater Victoria

Arctic outflow warning lifted for Greater Victoria
A frozen fountain near the B.C. legislature is pictured on Jan. 12, 2024

An arctic outflow warning that had been in place for Greater Victoria since Thursday was lifted on Saturday afternoon, despite ongoing freezing temperatures.

On Saturday morning, Environment Canada said frigid conditions would persist on Vancouver Island until later in the day.

By 1:30 p.m., the weather office lifted all alerts for Vancouver Island, though temperatures remained below 0°C in many communities.

The recent blast of cold caused eight Island communities to break daily weather records on Friday, including Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo and Tofino.

READ MORE: More daily weather records fall on Vancouver Island amid cold snap

Some communities were still scrambling to open emergency warming shelters on Vancouver Island on Friday, including in Oceanside, where municipal approval for a centre wasn’t given until the eleventh hour.

An extreme weather shelter is pictured at the Cook Street Village Activity Centre on Jan. 12, 2024. (CHEK News)

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