The temperature reached 31.4 C in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. According to Environment Canada, the hottest June 2 on record for the city dates back to 1970, when the mercury reached 33.9 C. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

The temperature reached 31.4 C in Salmon Arm on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. According to Environment Canada, the hottest June 2 on record for the city dates back to 1970, when the mercury reached 33.9 C. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Hottest day in 30 years for Salmon Arm, but not record breaking

Weather data for city dates back 129 years

Was it a hot one? Yes. But not the hottest on record.

Neighbouring communities experienced record-breaking temperatures on Wednesday, June 2, though Salmon Arm did not.

According to Environment Canada, the mercury reached 31.4 C. While this was the hottest temperature recorded for June 2 over the past 30 years (the previous high was 30.9 C in 2007), Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon explained the weather data on record for the city goes as far back as 1892. The hottest June 2 second on record dates back to 1970 when the temperature hit 33.9 C.

The coldest June 2, said Sekhon, dates back to 1918 when the temperature dipped to 1.1 C.

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Over the past 30 years, the hottest temperature on record with Environment Canada between May 29 and June 8, was 34.1 C on May 29 in 2005. The lowest temperature, .8 C, on June 4, 1991.

Kamloops did see a record-breaking temperature on Wednesday when the mercury reached 36 C. With records dating back to 1890, the previous record was 35.6 in 1970.Vernon’s high of 35.6 C exceeded 2007’s 34.4 C – the previous record for June 2 in data collected since 1900.

Hottest temperature recorded in B.C. Wednesday was 36.5 C in the Village of Warfield, located in the Kootenays.

Sekhon noted as the climate changes, we can expect to see warmer weather in the Interior.


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