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Hot, hot, hot: B.C. smashed 12 weather records Thursday

It's about to get even warmer in Vancouver, too.
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Environment Canada calls for more toasty temperatures in Vancouver, BC after the province smashed a whopping 12 weather records Thursday, April 15.

It might have felt pleasantly warm in Vancouver yesterday, but other parts of the province saw record-breaking heat. 

Now, Environment Canada calls for more toasty temperatures this week across B.C. after the province smashed a whopping 12 weather records Thursday.

In Vancouver, temperatures are expected to reach 19°C by the water this weekend and up to 25°C inland. That said, overnight lows will still feel a bit cooler, averaging 7°C to 8°C on the weekend. 

Heading into next week, the forecast calls for more summery weather with daily highs of 17°C near the water and inland highs reaching 22°C. 

Here are the 12 record-breaking temperatures set on April.15 in B.C.: 

Bella Coola Area (Bella Coola Airport)

  • Preliminary new record of 23.3
  • Old record of 22.8 set in 1947
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1895

Burns Lake Area (Burns Lake Decker Lake)

  • Preliminary new record of 20.9
  • Old record of 19.5 set in 1984
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1949

Gibsons Area (Sechelt Aut)

  • Preliminary new record of 22.6
  • Old record of 18.8 set in 2020
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1949

Malahat Area (Malahat)

  • Preliminary new record of 21.1
  • Old record of 20.5 set in 1990
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1986

Pemberton Area (Pemberton Airport CS)

  • Preliminary new record of 26.4
  • Old record of 25.0 set in 1926
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1908

Powell River Area (Powell River)

  • Preliminary new record of 21.2
  • Old record of 20.0 set in 1947
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1924

Puntzi Mountain Area (Puntzi Mountain (AUT)

  • Preliminary new record of 20.3
  • Old record of 18.9 set in 2010
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1959

Sechelt Area (Sechelt Aut)

  • Preliminary new record of 22.6
  • Old record of 18.8 set in 2020
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1956

Smithers Area (Smithers Airport Auto)

  • Preliminary new record of 21.9
  • Old record of 18.8 set in 1988
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1938

Squamish Area (Squamish Airport)

  • Preliminary new record of 27.1
  • Old record of 24.5 set in 1999
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1960

Tatlayoko Lake Area (Tatlayoko Lake RCS)

  • Preliminary new record of 22.0
  • Old record of 21.7 set in 1947
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1930

Whistler Area (Whistler - Nesters)

  • Preliminary new record of 22.6
  • Old record of 18.7 set in 2010
  • Records in this area have been kept since 1950

Metro Vancouver weather forecast

While summer might start off with a bang in Metro Vancouver, the first half of April saw cooler than average temperatures in the region. 

Environment Canada Meteorologist Armel Castellan tells Vancouver Is Awesome that April's forecast looks cooler than average this year. What's more, he says it looks like the month will see temperatures up to 2°C below seasonal averages. 

"I think we're going to see a higher probability of seeing that continued northwesterly flow giving lower normals," he explains. 

"We don't see anomalous warmth. That's kind of why the April forecast seems pretty consistent."

Following April, however, Castellan says the south of B.C. is expected to see above-average temperatures for May and June. That said, he notes that the forecast is still showing the weaker "end of the probabilities," such as 40 to 50 per cent.