Prince Rupert, B.C., was the hottest city in Canada, at least for the day.
At 1 p.m. Environment Canada reported that the weather station at Bonilla Island, near Banks Island, was the hottest spot in the country at 18°C. Prince Rupert’s weather station near the airport recorded a high of 10°C steady from 1-3 p.m.
But the weather station at city hall reported a high of 21°C at 2 p.m.
At 4 p.m. a weather station at Holland Rock, near Port Edward, claimed Canada’s hot spot at 15.4°C. To put this in perspective, the coldest spot in B.C. was -14.1°C at the Fort Nelson Airport, and the chilliest point in Canada was -35.5°C in Qikiqtarjuaq, Nunavut.
Our instruments measured #PrinceRupert air temperature at a little over 13 degrees C yesterday, highest in 30-days. Interesting to note that the water temperature was less than 6 degrees C, lowest in 30 days. More @rupertport data here: https://t.co/wWnnKole6Y #knowtheocean pic.twitter.com/qZeyW1UsTk
— Ocean Networks 🇨🇦 (@Ocean_Networks) January 15, 2018
The day was not wasted in Prince Rupert — which typically experiences highs of 5°C and lows of -2°C this time of year — Mariners Park was packed full of families and residents enjoying the sun.
“When I looked at the temperature I couldn’t pass it up,” J.R. Reyes said, who was relaxing by a picnic table at the park.
“I thought let’s not waste this sun,” Jane Hidalgo said in agreement.
The unseasonably warm weather is supposed to hold until Friday when temperatures drop below 4°C and snow, or rain, may sprinkle the city.