Fuller Lake Park was a busy place Friday, June 25, as the heat wave began. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Fuller Lake Park was a busy place Friday, June 25, as the heat wave began. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus surpasses 100 Fahrenheit for the first time

Intense heat reaches its peak on June 28

Chemainus joined most every other Island community in setting new high temperature records this week.

“By June 28, the maximum reached 39.5 Celsius or 102 Fahrenheit, the first time ever that the official temperature in Chemainus broke the 100 degree barrier on the Fahrenheit scale,” noted Chemainus weather observer Chris Carss, a volunteer for Environment Canada. “We didn’t quite reach the 40 degree benchmark on the Celsius scale.”

The first day of the heat wave as defined by Environment Canada when the daily maximum first reaches 32 C or 90 F was on Friday, June 25. The high that day was 32 Celsius, with a low of 19 C.

June 26 brought a maximum of 36 C and minimum of 21 C. Readings for June 27 were a maximum of 37 C and minimum 22.5 C, leading up to the record-breaking day June 28.

A full recap of the month, including data for the final two days of the month, will appear in next week’s Courier.

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