Temperatures continued to reach record levels on Monday across B.C. and the Yukon as a strong ridge of high pressure remained over the province and the territory.
Environment Canada said 32 temperature records were broken across B.C., including six areas on Vancouver Island.
At 18.3 C, Esquimalt broke its old record of 17.2 C set in 1914. Victoria Gonzales and Victoria Harbour also smashed records. Victoria Harbour’s new record for March 18 is 17.1 C, 2.5 C higher than the old record of 14.6 C in 2016. Victoria’s Gonzales old record was 17.2 C in 1914. It was 18.8 C at Victoria Gonzales on Monday.
The Malahat set a new temperature record at 18.0 C. The last record maximum daytime temperature for March 18 in that area was 17 C in 1990.
Nanaimo’s new record of 18.5 C beat the old record of 16.1 C in 1928. Port Alberni recorded an even higher temperature of 21.4 C on Monday. The areas old record was 20 C in 1911.
The unseasonably warm temperature are expected to continue across Vancouver Island until Friday when rain is expected in many areas.