British Columbia

Record heat today for parts of B.C. South Coast

Wednesday will be the hottest day this week for much of the South Coast, says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

Sticking with summer until Sunday

Victoria and Squamish were among those with record high temps 2:06

Wednesday will be the hottest day this week for much of the South Coast with a high-pressure system leading to more sunshine and summer temperatures, says CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe.

YVR will likely not break a record even if it hits 26 C  — the record to beat is 28.9 C, but a handful of records across the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley have been broken, including:

  • Victoria Airport, 29 C.
  • University of Victoria, 26.1 C.
  • Squamish, 33.1 C.
  • Pitt Meadows, 30.2 C.
  • Nanaimo, 29.7 C.
  • West Vancouver, 28.8 C.

Jeff McDonald, spokesman for the City of West Vancouver, says swimmers seeking relief from the heat should take care since beaches are no longer patrolled by lifeguards at this time of the year.   "There is no lifeguard on duty after Labour Day," he said. "There aren't a lot of people in the water but there certainly are people on the beach and there will be people in the water."

Coastal areas will watch for morning fog again Thursday and Friday, but we get to keep the sunshine and temperatures will only be a 1 C or 2 C cooler than today.

At this point, it looks like a change in the weather pattern happens Sunday afternoon for a much cooler and wetter start to next week.