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Heat record tied on Saturday

It was hot yesterday, but we’ve been here before … in 1993.

Environment Canada reports that the mercury climbed to 27.6 degrees Celsius in Prince George yesterday, tying a heat record for May 13 set in 1993.

The forecast high for today is 28 degrees Celsius. The record, however, for May14 is 29.4, set in 1973.

Unseasonably hot weather will continue over B.C. Interior early next week.

The highest temperatures are expected from today through Tuesday. Daytime highs will be 10 to 15 degrees Celsius above seasonal values while overnight lows will be 5 to 10 degrees above what is normally experienced this time of year.

Freezing levels will rise throughout this event leading to increased snowpack melting with possible local flooding due to high stream flow levels.

With elevated temperatures, the risk of heat related illnesses will increase.

While the developing heat conditions may result in daily temperature records being broken, it must be emphasized that the expected hot conditions will not approach those reached during the “Heat Dome” of late June 2021.

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