Sunny Saturday weather breaks temperature records

With a helping hand from El Niño, the mercury climbed on Saturday, shattering a record set in 1924.

With a helping hand from El Niño, the mercury climbed on Saturday, shattering a record set in 1924.

Environment Canada meteorologist Matt MacDonald says records have been kept in Salmon Arm since 1893 and the 16.1 C temperature reached March 5 was almost two degrees warmer than the 14.4 record set 92 years ago.

But El Niño peaked at the end of January and its power has been diminishing.

Not only will El Niño’s power continue to dim, but La Niña will bring about greater change in Shuswap weather.

“El Niño is all about how warm the water is in equatorial Pacific,” he says of the currents that affect weather thousands of miles away.

“Instead of the water in the equatorial Pacific being warmer, it’s colder than normal; that’s typically La Niña.”

MacDonald says the latest forecasts have B.C. getting back to more normal temperatures by the end of April or beginning of May.

But don’t look for nasty weather because the winter has been so easy.

“The world of weather doesn’t work like a bank where if you spend a lot, you owe a lot,” he laughs. “It doesn’t mean doom and gloom.”