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PG heat wave expected to end during May long weekend; Smoky Skies Bulletin in effect

The summer-like weather that has come over BC led to some new temperature records over the weekend.

However, Environment Canada Meteorologist Trevor Smith told Vista Radio PG came up a wee bit shy.

“We had about 60 temperatures set across BC during the weekend but none in Prince George. Yesterday (Sunday) the record was 30.6, which was set back in 1924 – we recorded right along 30 so just a few tenths of a degree kind of below the record for May 14th.”

Smith added we might see a new temperature record set today (Monday) with a high of 29 degrees – the record for May 15th is 27.8.

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He mentioned while conditions will remain 10-15 degrees above seasonal, a break in the weather pattern is expected to come just in time for the May long weekend.

“The average high for this time of year is around 16 degrees – this week from Wednesday through Friday we are looking at highs of mid to upper 20s still and then as we get into the weekend we are looking at a trough through the Pacific, which hopefully leads to a cool down and some rain in the forecast,” said Smith.

In addition, Smoky Skies Bulletin has been issued for much of the Prince George area along with a special weather statement for excessive heat.

“That’s from fires from the BC Peace and from Alberta as the wildfire smoke from those fires is kind of being drawn in with this easterly flow across the Central Interior. That is something to be mindful of – it’s not quite in the form of an air quality advisory yet as the smoke will kind of stay more aloft.”

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