Kootenay toddler Mazzi Richards

Kootenay toddler Mazzi Richards

West Kootenay experiences unusual April heat

Three daily maximum temperatures were set over the course of the month, while precipitation was 50 per cent of normal.

The West Kootenay experienced an unusual number of scorching days in April, setting daily maximum records on April 20, 21 and 28.

“Pacific disturbances provided a few showery days and, as is typical of April, unsettled conditions,” reads a press release from Southeast Fire Centre Weather Services. “Variable temperatures and gusty winds were experienced at times this month.”

But a dominant area of high pressure resulted in a greater number of days of dry and fairly sunny conditions. The three record-breaking days—April 20, 21 and 28—hit 23.6, 26.5 and 28.0 degrees respectively.

“The mean monthly temperature was very near average while the total amount of precipitation during the month was only 50 per cent of normal.”

The warmest temperature on record during April is 28.2 degrees from 1980.