Multiple temperature records broken on Vancouver Island as April heat wave continues

Multiple temperature records broken on Vancouver Island as April heat wave continues
Tourism Victoria

British Columbians who got the opportunity to get outside this weekend were able to relish some sunshine and record-breaking heat, which is expected to stick around for a few more days, according to Environment Canada.

Over the past week, Vancouver Island has seen temperatures climb over above the seasonal averages of 14 C.

More specifically, on Saturday, April 17, multiple locations across Vancouver Island saw new record highs as B.C.’s west coast continues to feel the heat.

Below are nine locations in the region that experienced record-breaking highs on the weekend, with the former record in brackets:

  • Estevan Point — 20.0 (17.0)
  • Comox — 20.4 (20.0)
  • Tofino — 20.7  (20.0)
  • Port Hardy — 21.0  (18.6)
  • Victoria Airport — 21.9  (19.9)
  • Malahat — 22.4 (18.8)
  • Campbell River — 23.9  (20.4)
  • Victoria Harbour — 24 (21.1)
  • Port Alberni — 27.1 (26.7)

Experts are emphasizing that sunscreen remains a good idea over the next few days as well, as daily highs are continuing to hover around 18 C for the next few days.

Environment Canada suggests that the sunshine and heat will remain until Thursday, with temperatures starting to fall on Friday and rain arriving by the weekend.

Meanwhile, public health restrictions remain in place across the province due to COVID-19 for those hoping to gather outside. Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix said on Friday that they were discouraging large gatherings, however, have not amended the current rules, which allow up to 10 people to gather outside.

“Spending time outside is important for our physical and mental well-being. But we have to remember that while being outside with others is much lower risk than being inside, it is not without risk,” cautioned Dr. Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix in a statement on Friday.

“Even if we are outside, we need to stay small and continue to use our layers of protection.”

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