BC heatwave breaks 113-year-old temperature record

Aug 4 2017, 4:33 pm

The heatwave affecting most of British Columbia continues to set temperature records, melting through six more on Thursday.

According to a preliminary list from Environment Canada, Port Alberni came out top, hitting 37°C, breaking the previous record of 36.7°C set in 1904.

Whistler temperatures also broke records, reaching 34.6°C, almost two degrees hotter than the previous record of 32.8°C set in 1998.

There were no such records going in Vancouver though, which topped out at 23.9°C, shrouded in smoky haze from the wildfires burning in the BC Interior.

Here’s the full list of records broken:

Campbell River

  • New record: 34°C
  • Previous record: 32.8°C set in 1993

Port Alberni

  • New record: 37.3°C
  • Previous record: 36.7°C set in 1904

Port Hardy

  • New record: 27°C
  • Previous record: 23°C set in 1993


  • New record: 29.1°C
  • Previous record: 27.3°C set in 2014


  • New record: 34.6°C
  • Previous record: 32.8°C set in 1998


  • New record: 30.5°C
  • Previous record: 29.4°C set in 1993
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