Yes, it was really that cold in Metro Vancouver over the past weekend.
According to Environment Canada, nearly 50 weather records were broken across the province for the coldest October 25. The cold snap comes following a special weather statement that was in effect for the weekend, warning of a “modified Arctic airmass.”
“We actually had 47 records broken for coldest overnight temperatures,” says Bobby Sekhon, Warning Preparedness Meteorologist for Environment Canada. “It was a pretty cold weekend in BC. We saw records on the coast and in the interior.”
Sekhon tells Daily Hive that one of the records broken was at the YVR Vancouver International Airport. A historical low of -4.6°C was recorded, breaking a previous record of -3.3°C set in 1919.
A record was also set in Squamish, which posted a low of -0.7°C, breaking the previous record of 0.0°C set in 2002. Similarly, Whistler set a record low of -6°C, breaking the previous low of -3.9°C set in 1954.
Records were also set at the Victoria Harbour as well as many weather stations in the interior.
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If it’s any consolation, Sekhon notes that temperatures across the Lower Mainland will be returning to the seasonal normal this week and are likely to stay there for some time.
“We don’t see any trends like the past weekend in Vancouver for the next couple of weeks,” he tells Daily Hive in an interview. “It’ll mostly be getting back to seasonal temperatures.”