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B.C. Heat Wave


Laurissa Anyas-Weiss, content producer

July 29, 2009 — Was that the shortest record or what?

YVR broke the All-Time Daily Temperature Record again on Thursday when it reached 34.4 C. See below for all the new records.

In addition to the All-Time Daily High Record, Vancouver Airport YVR experienced three days of 30+ weather for the first time in recorded history.

On July 29, 2009, YVR recorded its highest all-time daily temperature of 34 C! While Vancouverites continue to swelter in a rare heat wave, records all over BC are succumbing to the heat. See below for the list:

Jul 30, 2009 - All-Time Daily Temperature Records for BC

Area/StationNew RecordOld RecordYearRecords From
Metro Vancouver /
Vancouver Airport YVR
34.4 C34.0 CJuly 29, 20091937

July 30, 2009 - Daily Temperature Records for BC

Area/StationNew RecordOld RecordYear
Metro Vancouver /
Vancouver Airport YVR
34.4 C29.4 C1965
Metro Vancouver /
Pitt Meadows
35.0 C33.8 C2003
Metro Vancouver /
White Rock
29.7 C29.4 C1965
Fraser Valley /
Chilliwack
36.8 C35.6 C1965
Sunshine Coast /
Powell River Airport
34.3 C33.9 C1965
Vancouver Island /
Port Hardy Airport
24.2 C23.8 C2000
North & Central Coast /
Terrace
36.5 C35.6 C1971

Jul 29, 2009 - All-Time Daily Temperature Records for BC

Area/StationNew RecordOld RecordYearRecords From
Metro Vancouver /
Vancouver Airport YVR
34.0 C33.3 CAugust 9, 19601937
Fraser Valley /
Abbotsford Airport
38.0 C37.9 CJuly 11, 20071945
Vancouver Island /
Comox Airport
35.2 C34.4 CJuly 11, 19611945
North & Central Coast /
Bella Coola
41.2 C37.8 CAugust 7, 19301895
Close to Record:
Terrace37.1 C37.2 CJuly 15, 19411912

July 29, 2009 - Daily Temperature Records for BC

Area/StationNew RecordOld RecordYearRecords From
Metro Vancouver /
Vancouver Airport YVR
34.0 C30.6 C19601937
Greater Victoria /
Victoria Gonzales Heights
35.0 C32.2 C18991899
Greater Victoria /
Victoria Airport
35.0 C31.1 C19711941
Fraser Valley /
Abbotsford Airport
38.0 C35.0 C19651945
Fraser Valley /
Hope Airport
38.9 C36.7 C19711938
Sea to Sky/
Powell River Airport
35.5 C34.4 C19601954
Vancouver Island /
Nanaimo Airport
36.5 C35.0 C19711947
Vancouver Island /
Campbell River
36.9 C33.3 C19651958
Vancouver Island /
Port Alberni
40.0 C37.8 C19711961
North & Central Coast /
Stewart Airport
32.8 C32.7 C19851975
North & Central Coast /
Terrace
37.1 C35.0 C19311912
North & Central Coast /
Bella Coola
41.2 C34.4 C18981896

Jul 28, 2009 - All-Time Daily Temperature Records for BC

Area/StationNew RecordOld RecordYearRecords From
Vancouver Island /
Gold River
41.5 C38.5 CJuly 21, 2006
Vancouver Island /
Comox Airport
35.2 C34.4 CJuly 11, 19611945

So how historic is this heat?

High temperatures in the upper-thirties are common across the B.C. Interior, but the current heat wave is making its biggest mark along the coast where never seen before values are being approached. From Burnaby to Langley, temperatures are in the mid-thirties and some locations such as Port Alberni on Vancouver Island have seen readings close to 40 C. The exact numbers have and will continue to determine this heat wave's place in history, but this is already the hottest spell since 1998.

The hot weather pattern for B.C. will continue into next week as a large ridge in the jet stream persists. Over the next few days, the core of the heat will shift back to the interior, allowing slightly cooler air to filter across the Inner South Coast and Lower Mainland. However, temperatures are forecast to remain above normal through the B.C. Day long weekend and into next week with many areas away from the water experiencing high temperatures above 30 C.

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