The Metro Vancouver and Sea to Sky weather forecasts called for some record-breaking high temperatures on Tuesday, March 19. However, the sheer amount of records that were broken may surprise you.
In total, a jaw-dropping 42 new record high temperatures were set across the province yesterday. What's more, some areas saw soaring temperatures over 24°C.
For example,Tofino broke its old record from 1928 of 19.4°C with a toasty high of 24.5°C. Likewise, the Lower Mainland saw a similar temperature, as Abbotsford set a record high of 24.5°C. The previous record was set in 1960 of 20°C.
Whistler's high of 15°C yesterday beat the previous record of 14.4°C set in 1992. Temperatures in Pemberton reached 18°C, also setting a new record.
The unseasonably mild weather comes after the province broke 26 weather records on Monday, March 18.
Records were also set on Tuesday in the Agassiz Area, Bella Coola Area, Blue River Area, Burns Lake Area, Cassiar Area, Chetwynd Area, Chilliwack Area, Clearwater Area, Clinton Area, Dease Lake Area, Esquimalt Area, Estevan Point Area, Fort Nelson Area, Hope Area, Hope Slide Area, Kitimat Area, Mackenzie Area, Malahat Area, Masset Area, Muncho Lake Area, Nakusp Area, Nanaimo Area, Pitt Meadows Area, Port Hardy Area, Powell River Area, Prince Rupert Area, Sechelt Area, Southern Gulf Islands Area, Squamish Area, Tatlayoko Lake Area, Tetsa River Area, Vanderhoof Area, Victoria Area, Victoria Gonzales Area, Victoria Harbour Area, White Rock Area, and the Williams Lake Area.
In addition, Vancouver set a new daily record for Tuesday, March 19 with a high of 15.5°C. Previously, the old record for Vancouver was set in 2016 at 14.5°C.
The forecast calls for a high of 13°C in Whistler with sunny, clear skies and a low of 1°C. However, inland temperatures could reach highs of 22°C.
February 2019 was the coldest February on record in Metro Vancouver since the records began in 1937. Not only did the month see some frigid temperatures, but they also persisted throughout the month.
Although February saw the coldest temperatures to date, it also saw some of the greatest amounts of snowfall. In fact, 31.2 cm of snowfall was recorded at YVR, making it the eighth snowiest February on record.