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Heat Wave shatters records in Boundary, West Kootenay

Castlegar, Trail and Grand Forks all set new records for temperature Friday.

The Boundary, West Kootenay took the brunt of Mother Nature’s heat wave Friday with a handful of communities in the region setting new records according to Environment Canada.

Castlegar, Grand Forks and Trail all shattered old records, with the Silver City checking in with the highest temperature at 41.1 C Friday.

Trail’s old record was 37.8 C, set in 1978. Records have been kept in the Silver City since 1928.

Castlegar was next with the mercury stopping at 40.0 C. The old record was 37.6 C set in 1978. Grand Forks hit 39.1 C, which bested the 37.0 C mark set in 1978.

Castlegar began keeping records in 1916 while Grand Forks has been record keeping since 1911.

Trail was the highest recorded temperature in BC Friday.

Cranbrook set a new record of 40.4 C while Sparwood also had a new mark at 36.9 C and Creston set a new record at 38.7.

A Heat Wave warning that has been in place for most of last week was rescinded by Environment Canada as cooling temperatures are expected to cover most of the province Saturday and Sunday, bring the chance of showers or thunderstorms.

However, Environment Canada is keeping a Special Air Quality Statement in place for most of the southern interior of the province as  Wildfire smoke continues to impact BC.
Environment Canada  said during a wildfire, smoke conditions can change quickly over short distances and can vary considerably hour-by-hour.

Wildfire smoke is a natural part of our environment but it is important to be mindful that exposure to smoke may affect your health.

People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects from smoke exposure.