British Columbia

Temperature records fall in balmy B.C.

Weather records are falling as the temperature's been rising in parts of B.C.

Records tumble after standing for more than 30 years

Warm winter weather

11 years ago
Duration 1:52
While Vancouver enjoys record warm temperatures, B.C.'s mountains face rising avalanche risks

Winter is taking a bit of a holiday in parts of B.C. where temperature records are toppling.

The warmest place in the province — and the hot spot in all of Canada Wednesday — was Entrance Island, south of Nanaimo, at 13.4 degrees, beating the previous record of 12.2 set in 1998.

It got up to 11.6 degrees at Vancouver airport, edging the old mark of 11.3 set in 1980.

It was mild enough in downtown Vancouver on Wednesday to slip out for a coffee in shirt sleeves. (CBC)

Kamloops reached 9.5 degrees, just up from 9.3 in 1980, while the temperature in Williams Lake hit 6.3, compared to the old mark of 4.5 set for this day in 1986.

However, not everyone is happy with the balmy weather, which has triggered fears of avalanches and sent chills down the spines of some ice wine producers in the Okanagan Valley.

They're anxious because a sustained cold spell of at least -8 is needed before frozen grapes can be harvested for ice wine.