If you have noticed Vancouver seems unusually warm lately, you aren’t imaging things. This past month shattered records and became the hottest April ever recorded in Environment Canada’s history.
The mean temperature for the month was 11.8 degrees Celsius, almost a whole degree higher than the previous record of 11.1 degrees set in 2004.
“We saw a lot of the province had a very strong and hot April,” Environment Canada meteorologist Armel Castellan tells Vancity Buzz. “It has a lot to do with El Niño being on a record high strength for this winter.”
Castellan says El Niño, despite being a winter phenomenon, will continue to warm Vancouver weather until early summer, and other cities in the province were feeling the heat this past April as well.
“In B.C. alone, Victoria, Kelowna, Cranbrooke, and Prince George all were records, and more so than Vancouver. We’re talking 4.5 degree departures from normal and eclipsing the previous record,” he says.
El Niño is a band of warm ocean water that develops near the equator and increases temperatures globally. The “cool phase” is referred to as La Niña and usually occurs in the fall.
And the warm weather doesn’t seem to be tapering off anytime soon. Temperatures for the week in Metro Vancouver will hover between 16 and 22 degrees Celsius by the water and up to 27 degrees inland.