FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – For the sixth consecutive day, a heat record has been broken in Fort St. John.
Fort St. John beat the old record of 27.2 degrees Celsius set on June 30th, 1942, recording a high of 35.1 degrees on Wednesday.
Dawson Creek and Fort Nelson have also broken several daily records since last weekend. On Wednesday, Dawson Creek set a new record of 34.9 degrees, beating 27.4 degrees set in 2008. Fort Nelson had a high of 31.4 degrees, topping the old record of 30.8 set in 1982.
As of 7:50 p.m. on Thursday, an Environment Canada issued severe thunderstorm warning is still in effect for the South Peace. The thunderstorm is 35 km east of Tumbler Ridge and is moving north at 50 km/h.
Meteorologists are tracking the storm, which can produce powerful wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.
A heat warning and special air quality statement are still in effect for the Peace Region.
The region is expected to be impacted by wildfire smoke over the next 24 to 48 hours.
If you or those in your care are exposed to wildfire smoke, consider taking extra precautions to reduce your exposure. Wildfire smoke is a constantly changing mixture of particles and gasses which include many chemicals that can harm your health.