Three Consecutive Days. Three All-Time Canadian Heat Records
Lytton, B.C., a town on the Fraser Canyon, went into the record books on Sunday when it hit 46.6 degrees Celsius. Lytton went into the record books again on Monday by peaking at 47.9 C. Lytton went into the record books for the third time in three days today with 49.6 C. Three for three.Before this week, the highest temperature ever recorded in Canada was 45 C in Saskatchewan in 1937.
This week's heat wave has blown that previous record away. On Tuesday alone, seven locations in B.C. met or exceeded the 45 C mark, including Lytton, Cache Creek (47.4 C), Grand Forks (45 C), Kamloops (47.3 C), Kelowna (45.2 C), Lillooet (46.7 C) and Osoyoos (45 C).
The heat is also taking a toll on firefighters.
“Our fire crews are working in some steep terrain, working really hard… so the crews have been told to take more frequent breaks meaning every 30-60 minutes, try to find some shade if possible, obviously drink a lot of water,” Smith said.