Vancouver Island community breaks 50-year weather record amid coldsnap

Vancouver Island community breaks 50-year weather record amid coldsnap

The waning days of October have brought frigid temperatures to Vancouver Island, including in one North Island community where a 50-year-old weather record was beaten this week.

On Thursday, Port Hardy reached a freezing -4.6 C, beating its record of -2.2 C set in 1971.

It was the only Vancouver Island community to reach a new record-low this week, though snow fell on various areas of the Island on Tuesday.

In B.C.’s Interior, the City of Merritt reached -8.6 C on Wednesday, beating its record of -8.3 C that was set 104 years ago in 1919.

At Victoria International Airport, temperatures were at a balmy 12.4 C on Thursday, when Port Hardy’s weather record was broken.

The coldest Oct. 26 that the airport had ever seen since records began  was in 1970, when temperatures dipped below freezing to -1.1 C.

Daytime temperatures are expected to stay in the low double digits in Greater Victoria this weekend, though residents should prepare for temperatures to drop to near zero overnight.

The onset of cold weather has some communities looking to get ready, with Nanaimo and the Comox Valley Regional District both looking to establish emergency weather shelters before the cold weather truly settles in.


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