Records fall as spring arrives

Spring officially starts this afternoon at 2:58 p.m Pacific Time but unofficially it arrived on the weekend and has been spreading warmth and sunshine across the province for the past week.

Temperature records have been dropping like flies, and the first 20 degree days of 2019 are now on record for the country.

The Weather Network says, "a strong upper ridge in place across western Canada is spilling warmth across the region for much of this week and offshore flow will allow temperatures to reach 20 degrees for the first time in Canada so far this year."

Records continue to fall across B.C., another 42 records fell on Tuesday, including four records that were over 100 years old.

Abbotsford and Tofino led the pack as the mercury rose to 24.5 degrees.

On the coast, Tofino’s new record is more than 5 degrees higher than the old one, set in 1928. Victoria harbour also reached 20 degrees shattering a record that had stood since 1878. Port Alberni – 21.4 degrees (previous record: 20 degrees)

Records were also broken in the Capital Region Saturday and Sunday.

Environment Canada is forecasting two more days of warm, sunny weather Wednesday and Thursday as well.

The Okanagan is looking forward to three more days of sunshine. There is a 30 per cent chance of showers across the Okanagan Saturday before the sunshine returns.

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