Temperatures well above normal, could break records this weekend, meteorologist says

Pack your sunscreen, grab your shades, and raid the stores for all the water, ice cream and popsicles you can find — the heat this weekend is likely to break records.

Meteorologists are forecasting highs of 29 C for both Saturday and Sunday in the Fort St. John area, well above normal highs of 21 C for this time of the year.

Environment Canada meteorologist David Wray said Fort St. John is likely to set a new temperature record on Sunday, but said Saturday will be the day to watch the mercury as it rises.

The current temperature record for June 27 is 30 C, set in 1928.

The highest temperature on record for June 28 is 27.8 C, set in 1950.

“We are expecting highs of 29, which is quite warm, not too far off the record highs,” says Wray.

“It could be broken (Saturday), it will be very close.”

Wray added: “Being eight, nine degrees above normal is fairly significant.”

Much of British Columbia is bracing for record breaking temperatures this week, a heat wave driven in large part by a ridge of high pressure moving its way up from the Gulf of Mexico.

“It a really, really strong, entrenched ridge of high pressure,” Wray says.

“This type of pattern we start to see this time of year.”

Temperatures are expected to peak Sunday afternoon in the South Okanagan and East Kootenay, where the mercury will hit 40 C and higher.

Back here in the Peace, Wray says we can expect a little bit of a reprieve on Monday and Tuesday, where a cool, low pressure air mass will move in and drop temperatures between 24 and 27 C.

There could be a chance of a thunderstorm or two, Wray added, that will also help cool things off.

The reprieve will be short lived, Wray predicts, with another high pressure ridge expected to swoop in on Wednesday, and pushing the mercury back up through the rest of the week.

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