Abbotsford breaks April temperature record

Warm start to May sees a 70-year-old record fall as well, with hot weather supposed to return for the weekend.

Abbotsford breaks April temperature record

Last month easily broke the record for the hottest April on record in Abbotsford, according to Environment Canada.

With an average temperature of 12.9 C, April 2016 broke a record previously set in 2004, when the area’s average temperature was 12.1 C.

To have a month break a previous record by 0.8 C is significant, meteorologist Armel Castellan said.

And May began like April ended. Monday was the hottest May 2 on record for Abbotsford, with the high temperature of 29.8 C eclipsing the previous mark of 29.4 C set 70 years ago, in 1946.

Castellan said the weather will cool for a couple days until the weekend, when another ridge of high pressure is expected to see the return of temperatures in the high-20s, 10 to 11 degrees above normal.

Although April was dry, it didn’t set any records, with the 71.7 millimetres of rain that fell the 12th lowest figure, but some ways above the record of 26.4 mm set in 1956.