Unprecedented Heatwave: Hottest day ever recorded on Vancouver Island

The remaining Monday in June will go down in historical past as Vancouver Island’s hottest day on document.

Schools stopped working, companies have been closed, as officers urging us to take precautions as an unprecedented dome of warmth continues to beat down on not simply the Island, however British Columbia and your entire Pacific Northwest.

The temperature on the Victoria International Airport earlier right now hit a blistering 39.4 C, smashing yesterday’s mark of 37.4 levels, which topped the earlier excessive of 36.3 again in July of 2007.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s Gonzales Point hit 39.8 C, making it the most well liked day ever recorded in Victoria and breaking the earlier June 28 document of 30.5 C set again in 1995. Records for Gonzales Point have been stored since 1874.

These information are simply right now’s record-highs. You’ll discover the 42 in Port Alberni, the temperature reached 42.2 levels at 5 p.m., which might be the all-time document for the group, breaking the earlier mark of 41.7 levels in 1926.

Elsewhere on Vancouver Island, the temperature in Port Alberni reached a staggering 42.7 levels, in keeping with Environment Canada knowledge, making it the most well liked temperature ever recorded not simply locally, however on Vancouver Island. Prior to Monday, Port Alberni’s hottest day on document was 41.7 levels again in 1926 whereas the earlier June 28 excessive within the metropolis was 36.5 in 2015.

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Duncan reached 41.5 C, making it the most well liked day ever recorded in that group. The earlier all-time document had been 41.1 C, which was set in July 1941.

The Malahat space additionally noticed temperature climb above the 40-degree mark, hitting 41.3 and breaking a earlier June 28 document of 34.4, which was set again in 1995.

At 40.4 C, Nanaimo got here inside simply 0.2 levels of the all-time document of 40.6 C from July 26, 1941, however set a brand new month-to-month document for hottest June day.

Meanwhile, Courtenay noticed temperatures climb to 36.5 C on Monday, breaking the previous June 28 excessive of 31.2, which was set in 2015.

Meteorologists are dubbing the present climate situations a ‘heat dome’, which isn’t solely trapping warmth however air pollution, seen as a haze throughout Greater Victoria.

“The reason you have never felt this type of heat before is because it has never happened before,” mentioned Armel Castellan, warning preparedness meteorologist for Environment and Climate Change Canada. “[It’s] a ridge that is essentially so strongly blocked it’s not moving, and it happens to be a part of climate change.”

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Like most warmth waves earlier than it, Castellan says this one will wind down as Pacific air begins to move again into the coast Tuesday however he says with local weather change there’s little doubt we’ll see this once more.

“It’s not to say extreme events didn’t always happen it’s just that now we have them happening at a higher frequency, higher amplitude and longer-lasting,” he mentioned.

The scorching warmth wave has prompted the B.C. authorities to band campfires starting on June 30 over fears of potential wildfires.

While wildfires haven’t been a serious drawback, 19 fires have sprung up in B.C. over the previous few days. However, most stay beneath 5 hectares in measurement.

`Temperatures are in uncharted territory,” mentioned Yan Boulanger, a forest ecologist for Natural Resources Canada.

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