Cold temperature records smashed in B.C. Wednesday


It was frigid in Metro Vancouver Wednesday but the region didn’t break any cold temperature records. Seven other areas of the province did break records though.

Jason Payne / PNG

Several cold temperature records were smashed in B.C. Wednesday following a winter storm that lashed much of the province.

Environment and Climate Change Canada says seven areas of the province broke records, including Puntzi Mountain in the Cariboo region at – 48.8 C on Wednesday, shattering the 2005 record of – 37.4 C.

Prince George and Burns Lake were below – 44 C and broke earlier records of just under -41 C. Quesnel was – 41.9 C, down from 41.2 C in 1916.

Tattlayoko Lake in the Chilcotin region was – 35.4 C, down from – 35 C in 1950, while Clinton was – 33. 3 C, breaking its record – 29.8 C in 2005.

Bella Bella, located on B.C.’s Central Coast, was – 12.8 C, which broke the 2012 record of – 7.6 C.

Many parts of the province were still under extreme cold weather warnings Thursday, including the Peace River, Elk Valley, Haines Road, South Klondike, Teslin, and Yoho and Kootenay Park regions. Environment and Climate Change Canada says Arctic winds could push the wind chill temperature down below – 50 C in some areas.

Elsewere, Arctic flow warnings were in effect for the North and Central coasts, and the Fraser Valley, where the wind chill factor was expected to be – 20 C.



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