VANCOUVER — British Columbia should be well into its rainy season, but instead persistent hot and dry weather has created drought conditions. Here are some of the numbers connected with the drought:
When was the last appreciable rain?
Vancouver: Sept. 4, when 4.9 mm fell.
Victoria: July 3, 10.9 mm
Sechelt: July 6, 10.9 mm
Kamloops: Sept. 14, 9 mm
The B.C. government ranks drought levels from 0 to 5, with a 5 rating being the most severe with adverse effects to socio-economic or ecosystem values being almost certain.
5: Sunshine Coast, Lower Mainland and West Vancouver Island.
4: Fort Nelson, the Peace regions, Kettle, eastern Pacific Range and East Vancouver Island.
205: wildfires still burning in B.C.
17: new wildfires sparked since Monday.
16.1: The percentage of wildfires that remain out of control.
25 C: The temperature on Oct. 5 in Vernon and Port Alberni, surpassing a heat record set 1900.
32 C: The temperature in Lytton on Sept. 26, one of 20 records set in the province on that day.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 13, 2022.