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Record warmth on the BC coast


Barbecue season has begun in Vancouver
Barbecue season has begun in Vancouver

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

March 25, 2011 — Temperatures across BC have been soaring into the mid and upper teens. What's in store for the weekend?

Wednesday's sunny skies in Vancouver
Wednesday's sunny skies in Vancouver

While most Canadians continue to shovel snow and shiver in below-seasonal temperatures, people living on the south coast of British Columbia were barbecuing on the beach this week.

On Wednesday,White Rock soared to 17.2C, making it the hot spot of Canada. On Thursday, the community hit a record-breaking 18.5C.

The last time it was that warm in the city was just last year, says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. The previous record for White Rock on March 24 was 16.6C, set in 2010.

It hasn't been as warm in the city of Vancouver this week, but temperatures have still been climbing into the double digits. There has also been plenty of sunshine.

On Wednesday, beaches and parks were packed with people looking to take advantage of the mild weather. However, over the next couple of days, residents won't be needing their beach umbrellas for shade.

We're calling for on and off spring showers in Vancouver through the weekend, says Cheng. In terms of temperatures, we could continue to see double-digit highs.

For more details on what you can expect, be sure to check your local forecast. You can also tune in to The Weather Network on TV, where your National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of every hour.

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