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Daily heat records tumble in B.C., temperatures in southern Interior to remain high

BY The Canadian Press, Jul 9, 2024 7:28 PM - REPORT AN ERROR

In Pemberton, B.C., north of Whistler, the mercury hit 39.1 C, while in Osoyoos, B.C., the new record for daily high temperature was 39.7 C.(Photo: The Canadian Press)

More daily temperature records have fallen in British Columbia, with temperatures forecast to remain in the high 30s for the rest of the week in much of the southern Interior.

A summary from Environment Canada shows 27 daily high temperature records fell across the province Monday, from Whistler, to Trail in the southeast, Smithers in the northwest, and Campbell River on Vancouver Island.

The Lytton, B.C., area was a hot spot with a daily high of 42.4 C, breaking the old record of 39.4 set in 1952.

In Pemberton, B.C., north of Whistler, the mercury hit 39.1 C, while in Osoyoos, B.C., the new record for daily high temperature was 39.7 C.

It's expected to reach 41 C in Kamloops, B.C., today, where the forecast shows temperatures in the mid- to high 30s persisting over the weekend.

Environment Canada says heat warnings remain in effect for much of central and southern B.C. along with the northeastern corner of the province.

In Fort Nelson, B.C., where persistent drought fuelled the threat of early-season wildfires in the spring, the forecast shows a mix of sun, clouds and rain with temperatures ranging from 32 C on Wednesday to 23 C on Friday and Saturday.

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