It was another record-setting day for temperatures in B.C., as 26 new daily highs were recorded on Friday.
Since Thursday, the province has been basking in sunshine thanks to a strong ridge of high pressure. On Friday, most of the record-breaking temperatures occurred along the South Coast and Vancouver Island. However, a handful of new maximums occurred in the Interior, including Lytton, which had the nation’s hottest temperature at 33.2 C.
— ECCC Weather British Columbia (@ECCCWeatherBC) May 11, 2019
That eclipsed Lytton’s old mark of 32.2, which was set in 1949.
To see what records were broken, click here.
Yet with record-breaking temperatures, B.C.’s fire danger rating is keeping pace with the thermometer.
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On Saturday, most of the province was at Level 3, or moderate. But there are growing sections at Level 4, or high, including most of the South Coast and Vancouver Island plus small areas in the Southern Interior, such as the Central Okanagan.
The Fire Danger Rating is currently moderate-high across most of the province, meaning forest fuels are drying and there is an increased risk of fires starting. Anyone heading into the outdoors this weekend is advised to be cautious and do their part to help avoid #BCWildfire. pic.twitter.com/JPzctWADgB
— BC Wildfire Service (@BCGovFireInfo) May 11, 2019
According to the B.C. Wildfire Service, the five ratings are 1, very low; 2, low; 3, moderate; 4 high danger; and 5, extreme danger.
For the latest on wildfires burning across the province, visit the B.C. Wildfire Service active wildfire page.
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