British Columbia

At 29.3 C, this B.C. town was the hottest place in Canada on Thursday

'Twas a toasty spring day.

Lytton was Canada's hottest spot Thursday at 29.3 C, while Agassiz soared past record set in 1900

Lytton is situated at the confluence of the Thompson River and Fraser River. The town was Canada's hot spot at a sweltering 29.3 C. (Shutterstock)

Spring has sprung — and it's a hot one.

At least, it was on Thursday.

More than a dozen heat records were shattered in B.C. on what was forecast to be the warmest day of the week.

The sun cooked up high temperatures across the southwest of the province, from Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley, while Lytton was Canada's hot spot at a sweltering 29.3 C — though this wasn't quite enough to break its record.

Agassiz hit 28.6 C, toppling a record set almost 120 years ago. Hope and Squamish also nearly hit 30 C at one point in the day.

Environment Canada says the following records were set:

  • Abbotsford area — 27.6 C
  • Agassiz area — 28.6 C
  • Bella Bella area — 23.6 C
  • Campbell River area — 25 C
  • Chilliwack area — 28.6 C
  • Comox area — 25.5 C
  • Estevan Point area — 20.4 C
  • Gonzalez Point area — 24.4 C
  • Hope area — 29 C 
  • Malahat area — 22.9 C
  • Nanaimo area — 25 C
  • Port Hardy area — 20.3 C
  • Powell River area — 23.7 C
  • Sechelt area — 24.4 C
  • Squamish area — 29.2 C
  • Victoria area — 24 C

Showers are expected to return to much of the South Coast over the weekend — quite literally raining on spring's parade — before the sun makes a comeback next week.