March sunshine breaks temperature records across B.C.

Nearly a dozen cities set new highs on Monday.

Province welcomes warm spell after a colder than normal February

Environment Canada forecasts temperatures in the double digits again today. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

Spring forward, indeed.

Environment Canada says temperature records were broken in nearly a dozen cities across B.C. on Monday, including:

  • Abbotsford (19.8 C)
  • Pitt Meadows (21.3 C)
  • Victoria (16.8 C)
  • White Rock (21.7 C)
  • Prince Rupert (17.5 C)
  • Bella Bella (17 C)
  • Cassiar area (7.3 C)
  • Dease Lake (9 C)
  • Masset (15 C)

The previous record in Masset, in Haida Gwaii, was 13.9 C — set 103 years ago. 

Pitt Meadows also broke a long-standing record, marking its warmest March 12 in 77 years. 

Vancouver hit a high of 12.3 C on Monday, according to Environment Canada, falling short of the city's hottest March 12 on record in 1998, when temperatures hit 14.7 C. 

The warm spell is welcome news following B.C.'s 15th-coldest February on record.  

Rain and clouds are expected to return to Metro Vancouver on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cyclists were out in full force on Vancouver's seawall. (Tina Lovgreen/CBC)

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