Thursday, July 30, 2009

Hottest day ever recorded in Vancouver

Wednesday was the hottest day ever recorded in Vancouver, according to CBC meteorologist Claire Martin.

At 5 p.m. PT, Environment Canada recorded a record-breaking high of 33.8 C, breaking the previous record of 33.3 C set in 1960.

Martin said anyone hoping the heat wave blanketing B.C. will be breaking anytime soon might just have to find some other way to chill out.

"It's a very stable weather pattern — and very pronounced. It's not moving anywhere fast," Martin said Wednesday.

Temperatures have been soaring across the province all week, hitting the low 40s (in degrees Celsius) in hot spots such as Lytton in the Fraser Canyon, setting records and driving thousands to lakes, pools, and beaches.

The massive high-pressure ridge currently sitting across most of the province extends unusually high up into the atmosphere, Martin said.

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