For the majority of cities in the lower mainland of BC, there was ample sunshine to go around this weekend. Whistler and Pemberton managed to break a record high temperature that has been active since 1998. At around 3:00PM on Sunday, May 5th, Whistler saw an official temperature reading from Environment Canada at 27 Celsius, breaking the old record of 26.7 Celsius. Pemberton was even hotter, managing to hit 31C on Sunday, breaking its own record of 29.5C.
Golfers over the weekend had amazing opening season conditions reported from the local golf courses of Nicklaus North, Chateau Whistler and the Whistler Golf Club. For the local Whistler residents, it was also a great sign of things to come for the summer, with many beach goers out in full force at Rainbow Park and the close by lakes.
With the sudden hot weather spurt, the conditions have dried out tremendously. Whistler Fire Rescue Chief Rob Whitton made a note about this trend, making the fire hazard rating high to extreme. All travelers, visitors and locals of Whistler and Pemberton are asked to be careful with outdoor BBQ’s or campfires of any form, as the weather will continue to remain warm for the upcoming week.