Some Air Conditioning Kicks in Today..Still Warm & Sunny Though...July 2nd
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- Yesterday was the peak of the heat for southern BC with a high pressure dome in place across much of the province. A number of records fell Sunday but the bulk of the heat was in place yesterday for at least 30 fallen daily temps records:
Location new record old record
Merritt 36.7 35.0 (1924)
Creston 35.5 34.5 (1987)
Sparwood 32.3 27.7 (1985)
Blue River 34.3 32.5 (1987)
Clinton 33.5 31.6 (2008)
Quesnel 36.1 34.4 (1942)
Prince George 33.5 32.8 (1942)
Chetwynd 31.8 30.4 (1987)
Dawson Creek 31.5 28.8 (1987)
Abbotsford Airport 29.5 29.4 (1967)
Pitt Meadows 31.4 29.7 (1995)
Squamish 32.1 28.5 (1995)
Whistler 34.5 31.0 (1995)
Pemberton 36.5 (tied with 2008)
- The hot spot across the entire country was Lytton BC at 40.5 degrees
- Today, the ridge shifts eastward and although we remain under the influence of a sunny and warm high pressure system, onshore winds are kicking in bringing more comfortable temperatures with less humidity
- Therefore temps this afternoon will be above seasonal in the mid 20s but a good 5 degrees cooler than yesterday
- The onshore flow will also bring more evening and morning cloud over the next few days but afternoons are still in the 20s and sunshine prevails right through to next weekend! And taking a look at the long range models, most systems that come in from the Pacific are directed north..keeping the south coast dry for quite some time.
- As the ridge shifts east today, the airmass across the BC southern interior will become increasingly unstable allowing a disturbance to trigger thunderstorm development this afternoon. Thunderstorm watches are already in place for the southern interior
Humidex values in the 40s for Flood Clean-up Today..Then Strong t-storms Tonight
- Temperatures are forecast to rise into the low to mid thirties for much of Central and Southern Alberta today as the BC ridge shifts eastward
- Elevated humidity levels will combine with the high temperatures to give humidex values of 40 and a special weather statement is in place for the southern half of the province (thinking of those in clean-up mode working in the sweltering heat. Environment Canada advising to limit outdoor physical activity.
- The high humidex values are expected to end this evening as a cold front sweeps through the province that will likely trigger strong thunderstorms tonight. Thunderstorm watches are already in place
- ** Also, Calgary is forecast to get close to 35 degrees this afternoon and the all-time high temp record is 36.1°C set on July 15, 1915...so it will be close
Get the latest watches/warning here: http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/index_e.html
Smoky Conditions: Fires in MB, QC & NL
- Forest fires will continue to give smoky conditions to parts of Northern and Central Manitoba, as well as much of Quebec and parts of northern Ontario
- Various Air Quality & smog advisories have been issued for each province
Swan Song for Cicadas, but Many Missed the Show
- The great cicada invasion is winding down for 2013, and it will not be back for another 17 years.
- But while many people were kept up at night by the roar of this arthropod flash mob, others were left to wonder what all the fuss was about.
- "People are disappointed, because the cicadas just aren't everywhere,".. very location dependant...but the numbers do not disappoint
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