British Columbia

Daily heat records broken in B.C. on Mother's Day

The Hope area edged Squamish as B.C.'s hot spot for May 10, reaching 30.2 C.

Province's hot spot on May 10 was Hope at 30.2 C

Parks and beaches in Vancouver were busy Sunday with temperatures in the area rising to the mid-20s C, and reaching up to 30 C elsewhere in southwest B.C. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

British Columbia enjoyed record-breaking heat over the Mother's Day weekend.

Preliminary data shows 17 daily heat records were set in B.C. on Sunday, Environment Canada says, including a temperature of 29.1 C in White Rock that smashed the old record of 26.7 C set 79 years ago.

The Hope area east of Vancouver edged Squamish as B.C.'s hot spot on May 10, reaching 30.2 C. Squamish finished a close second registering 30.1 C. Both were daily records.

Many of the records were set around Greater Victoria and other Vancouver Island communities, including Comox, Courtenay and Port Hardy, with some of the old marks standing since 1968.

Other records fell in Abbotsford, Bella Bella, Prince Rupert and Sandspit on Haida Gwaii.

Yukon also notched a heat record as the temperature in Haines Junction, about 150 kilometres west of Whitehorse, reached 23 C, breaking the old record of 22.8 C set in 1975.

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