Hot enough for you? In Nanaimo, it has been hot enough to break records.
Temperatures reached 31 degrees Celsius at Nanaimo Airport Wednesday, beating a record of 29 C, set just two years ago.
An unusually strong high pressure system settled over B.C. early this week, making for clear blue skies and hot days for a welcome finish to a summer that will likely go down as one of the better ones in recent memory.
Meteorologists weren't ruling out another record-breaking day today, with the sunshine expected to keep shining through Sunday.
"It's fantastic," said Laura Kinsella, a transplant to Nanaimo from Newfoundland in April. "We couldn't ask for any better. It's been great ever since I've been here."
"I would call it heaven," said Nanaimo retiree Mike Johnston.
"It has been a good week," said Nadine McIntosh, sunning on a blanket on Departure Bay beach, a week after moving to Nanaimo from Calgary.
"I had heart it was fall here and I was prepared for rain, but it's sunshine and blue skies the whole time, so it's awfully nice."
After Nanaimo's brief flirt with fall-like weather, thermometers started to climb on Sunday. Temperatures hit 24 C Monday and Tuesday's high was 27 C. It peaked with Wednesday's record high, officially recorded by Environment Canada as 30.9 C, eclipsing the previous record, set in 2011, by nearly two degrees.
"A ridge of high pressure is not uncommon in September, but this one is particularly long lasting, and strong," said Doug Lundquist, Environment Canada meteorologist. It's the icing on the cake for summer 2013 in Nanaimo.
"There's been a ridge of high pressure all summer, basically from the end of June," Lundquist said.
A high of 24 C is forecast for today, 25 C on Saturday and back to 24 C Sunday before cooler weather arrives.
Rain could come as early as Sunday night, with unstable weather expected throughout next week.
And while temperatures are forecast to drop down into the high teens by Monday, unusually warm ocean temperatures recorded off the B.C. coast mean a higher than average likelihood of a mild autumn, at least into November.
"There is a 70-to 80-per cent chance temperatures will be above average," Sundquist. "So there's a really high probability that we'll have a warmer than average fall."
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