Record Warm Temperatures, Massive Snow Melt, Will there be a White Christmas?
There were record-setting temperatures in the Cariboo this week and a very historic number was reached in Quesnel.
It was 12.5 degrees in Quesnel yesterday which not only shattered the old mark of 12.2 degrees for December 10th in 1900, but was also the hottest day ever in the month of December.
Quesnel also set a record on Tuesday, December 9th when the mercury hit 12.4 degrees, breaking the old mark of 7.8 in 1993.
Records were also set in Williams Lake, although not beating out the monthly record of 11.2 degrees in 1980.
Doug Lundquist, a Meteorologist for Environment says the temperature in Williams Lake on December 9th soared to 9.4 degrees taking out the 1968 record of 4.4 degrees.
The above seasonal day high also continued the following day with Williams Lake reaching 9.5 degrees on Wednesday compared to 6.2 degrees set back in 1980.
When asked if the Cariboo can expect to celebrate a white Christmas, it is quite possible that we could be dreaming according to Lundquist.
“It looks really likely to remain warm.”
“Probably an 80 or 90 percent chance that it will remain above average before Christmas.”
Luckily Lundquist says there is a slight probability that does not mean it is for certain.
“Each individual system can change it up; I don’t want to go too much further than that.”
Normals for this time of year are a daytime high of minus 3.0 degrees.