Hot summer weather brought all ages out to Mill Lake Park on Sunday. Abbotsford set a new record when the temperature hit 30.1 degrees Celsius.

Hot summer weather brought all ages out to Mill Lake Park on Sunday. Abbotsford set a new record when the temperature hit 30.1 degrees Celsius.

Warm weather topples Abbotsford heat record on Sunday

A 60 year record fell when the thermometer hit 30.1 degrees Celsius on Sunday, May 5.

Abbotsford broke a 60-year-old heat record on Sunday – but just barely.

Temperatures at Abbotsford Airport hit a high of 30.1 Celsius, just topping the record of 30 degrees set in 1953.

While official record temperatures are based on airport readings, it was even hotter in the downtown core where some digital thermometers were showing highs of 32 degrees.

In all, 12 B.C. cities broke heat records on Sunday.

David Jones, a meteorologist for Environment Canada, said another record could fall today.

“The record for today for Abbotsford is 27.8 and we’re forecasting 29 so that’s going to fall.”

May isn’t normally known for temperatures this high, at least not recently. Jones called it an early start to summer.

“May can be this hot, but it hasn’t been this hot for a couple of years. Our memories are short and everyone’s forgotten.”

The weekly forecast is calling for temperatures to cool slightly to a high of about 25 degrees. Rain is in the forecast for Sunday.

“A hot spell on the coast here typically lasts two days, maybe three. And then we get the flushing of the marine air.”