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Hot, dry weather persists in B.C.

Staff writers
September 22, 2012 — Temperatures continue to soar in much of western Canada, although Vancouver and Victoria are back down to seasonal norms.

Feeling the heat in Kelowna, BC
Feeling the heat in Kelowna, BC

Saturday is the official start of fall, but in much of British Columbia, it certainly doesn't feel that way.

"The summer-time heat has definitely lingered across the province," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

Most of B.C. started heating up last week.

On Thursday alone, more than 20 communities set new daily record temperatures. The hot spot of the entire country was in Lytton, BC with a daytime high of 32.1 degrees.

On Friday, another nine communities in B.C. set records, the hottest being Princeton, at 32 degrees.

Even in the Yukon, Whitehorse reported a record-breaking 22.2 degrees, the hottest September 21 since 1976, while Alberta logged a few records also, including Edmonton, which reached 24.2 degrees and Calgary, at 25.6 degrees.

The warm and dry conditions are all thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure, but by Saturday morning, the Vancouver and Victoria areas were down to the high teens -- about seasonal -- while Weather Network meteorologist Gina Ressler says the rest of the province will start experiencing a very gradual cooldown starting Monday.

Lack of rain in Vancouver
Lack of rain in Vancouver

Before temperatures dropped in the lower mainland, Vancouverites on a local patio had nothing but good things to say about the conditions on Tuesday.

"This weather, fantastic. Can't get better," one said.

"Yeah, it's pretty good to sit out here in the sun," said another. "Beautiful weather, beautiful people. It's a good place to live."

In addition to it being hot his week, conditions have also been windy. That's increased risk of forest fires for areas to the north. Residents are reminded to be careful in parks and forested areas where fires could start up.

The weather has also been extremely dry in Vancouver and Victoria. Since August 1st, only 5.9 mm of rain has fallen in Vancouver. Normally, 92.6 mm would fall through August and September.

For a closer look at the forecast, check the British Columbia cities index.

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