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B.C.'s warm spell coming to an end

Staff writers
April 2, 2013 — After a weekend of record-breaking warmth, parts of British Columbia are set to see a return to seasonal temperatures.

Cherry blossoms have started to bloom (courtesy: Katherine Liu)
Cherry blossoms have started to bloom (courtesy: Katherine Liu)

Warm weather invaded British Columbia over the weekend, with temperatures hovering around the twenty-degree mark.

Chilliwack recorded a high of 24.3C on Sunday, replacing the previous daily record of 23.9C set 1990. Other places -- Like Squamish, Lytton and Whistler, have also broken records.

Despite above-average daily highs and near-normal rainfall amounts, some Vancouverites described the month of March as "cold and wet" making the recent warm spell seem like a welcome change.

"We had an upper level ridge that dominated western Canada and the jet stream has been well to the north of that area, allowing for abundant sunshine and lack of flow off the ocean," explains Doug Gillham, a meteorologist at The Weather Network, "but starting Thursday, a series of systems will impact B.C., bringing significant rain. Between 70-100 mm are expected in Vancouver through the weekend."

Temperatures are expected to return to seasonal levels in the days to come.

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