—— By Cindy White/Castanet

 

The sun shone down on most of southern B.C. Tuesday, and several communities set new temperature records.

Vernon got to 18.3 C, surpassing the old mark for March 19 of 16.7, which was set in 1940.

In Merritt, the temperature climbed to 20.2 C. That beat the previous record of 18.3 dating back to 1928. Records date back to 1918 in Merritt.

Another hot spot was Osoyoos, where yesterday’s high of 21.8 was three-and-a-half degrees above the old mark of 18.3 from 1960.

The other communities to post record highs on March 19 were:

Castlegar area

  • New record 19.4
  • Old record 18.9 set in 1928

Cranbrook area

  • New record 18.3
  • Old record 17.0 set in 1928

Creston area

  • New record 20.9
  • Old record 17.2 set in 1934

Lytton area

  • New record 22.4
  • Old record 22.2 set in 1947

Pemberton area

  • New record 20.4
  • Old record 18.0 set in 2019

Princeton area

  • Tied record 20.6 set in 1947

Trail area

  • New record 22.0
  • Old record 17.2 set in 1947

Whistler area

  • New record 16.8
  • Old Record 15.0 set in 2019

Tuesday was the fourth day in a row that numerous parts of the province saw temperatures rise to new record highs. Cooler weather is forecast by the weekend.