WATCH: A stretch of warm weather in B.C. has Islanders flocking to beaches and patios. Ceilidh Millar reports.
Thursday’s sunny weather had many Islanders fooled that summer has arrived.
“It’s springtime but for me, it’s already summer,” said a man enjoying the sunshine.
On the hottest day of the year so far, meteorologists are calling for record-breaking temperatures.
“Today is the day we might see a few records broken all across the Island and the Sunshine Coast,” said Armel Castellan of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
As of Thursday evening, multiple temperature records had fallen across the Island including the Malahat and Campbell River.
At the Victoria International Airport, temperatures hit 23.6 degrees Celsius which topped the 1941 record of 23.3 C.
In Port Hardy, temperatures soared to 19.6 C which beat out the previous record set in 1947 at 19.4 C.
“You can actually get your temperatures to add up and it’s an accumulative process from one day to the next,” Castellan explained about this recent stretch of warm weather.
While sunshine is top of mind for many, the Capital Region District is reminding homeowners that stage one water restrictions go into effect on May 1.
Lawn watering will only be permitted two days a week ahead of a predicted normal than warmer summer.
“That is more of a May and June pattern that we often see,” Castellan said. “We’re seeing that a little bit early.”
Conditions are expected to return to seasonal this weekend across the Island.
As April comes to a close, who knows what weather the month of May will bring.