First day of spring brings above-seasonal temperatures


WATCH: The first day of spring brought above-seasonal temperatures to Vancouver Island. 

The first day of spring has brought above-seasonal temperatures to Vancouver Island, continuing a stretch of warm weather.

Tofino hit 24 degrees Celsius yesterday, the last day of winter, setting a new daily temperature record.

“In fact, that record would break records in April, even in May, and possibly even in early June,” said meteorologist Armel Castellan with Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Castellan said outflow conditions are bringing warm wind to the coast from the mainland.

The unusual conditions this winter have led to troubles for some.

At Longview Farms, 15 to 20 per cent of this year’s daffodil crop has been damaged due to the snow.

“If the heads aren’t developed properly, or if the stems aren’t the right width, [or if] the length isn’t there, then it doesn’t bode well on the marketplace,” said Ryan Vantreight, Longview Farms’ general manager.

The above-seasonal temperatures have also been accompanied by drier than normal conditions.

“Usually we’re dealing with very low fire danger ratings, [but] that’s not the case anymore. “And that’s what’s problematic, not just for river levels [and] for the fish but also for our interaction with our surroundings.”

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