Temperature record broken

Mercury peaked at 30.8 C Monday, breaking a 49-year-old record.

Abbotsford broke a 49-year-old temperature record Monday as the heat wave that has descended on British Columbia stretched into its second week.

The temperature peaked at 30.8 C Monday, breaking the previous mark of 30.6 C that had been set in 1966. Temperature records in Abbotsford date back to 1944.

Temperatures have dipped since Monday, but hot weather is again forecast for next week.

After a May that saw less than 10 millimetres of rain fall in a month that usually sees 10 times that amount, June has remained bone-dry, although Thursday night did see some rain.

The weather has challenged both farmers and firefighters, and several forest fires are currently burning in the Interior.