The Hon. Katrine Conroy is the Minister for the Ministry of Forests in B.C. (Government of BC/Special to The News)

The Hon. Katrine Conroy is the Minister for the Ministry of Forests in B.C. (Government of BC/Special to The News)

Thanksgiving weekend sees another round of Pitt Meadows temperature records

Oct. 6, 7, and 8 all had daily highs of over 25 C

For what seems like the 20th time this year, Pitt Meadows has once again seen new temperatures high, with this latest round of abnormally high temperatures occurring over Thanksgiving weekend.

On the day before the Ministry of Forests put out a statement warning the public about the “above-normal drought conditions” that most of the province was experiencing, Pitt Meadows began its string of record-setting temperatures that carried over into the long weekend.

RELATED: 6 temperature records set in B.C. on Thanksgiving Day

On Thursday, Oct. 6, Pitt Meadows peaked at 26.1 C, which beat the previous Oct. 6 record of 24 C in 1987.

Friday saw an even higher temperature spike of 27 C, nearly doubling the 15 C temperature on Oct. 7 of last year, and surpassing the old record of 24.4 C in 1943.

Saturday was the last record-setting day, with a temperature of 25.5 C, beating the old record of 22 C in 1978.

These continued hot and dry conditions are part of the reason why the Ministry of Forests reported abnormally high fire activity so far in October.

“While new fire activity is likely to remain above normal while conditions persist into October, it is important to note that unusual fire activity in October (more than 42 fires per week) is less of a concern than unusual fire activity in mid-August (more than 659 fires per week),” said the official statement.

RELATED: Historic drought behind B.C. wildfires, salmon die-off could continue, experts say

While there’s still no precipitation in the seven day forecast from Environment Canada, daily temperature highs are at least not expected to breach 20 C, which should mean no more record-setting temperatures for the next week.


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