While it was a sweltering day to celebrate Canada’s birthday, Monday’s temperatures fell just a few degrees short of record-breaking.
Monday, the Comox weather station recorded the summery temperatures at a high of 27.3 C, falling shy of the hottest July 1 on record of 29.4 C in 1951.
Although it didn’t beat the record, the weather significantly improved upon past Canada Days, which was a much cooler 15.7 C, 15.8 C and 18.5 C in 2010, 2011 and 2012 respectively.
The mercury did topple other records across the province, with Environment Canada noting 15 heat records set on Canada Day.
The hot spot for both the province and the country was 40.3 C in Lytton.
The normal for Comox this time of the year is around 22 C, with a minimum of 12 C.
The sub-tropical weather is predicted to bring warm temperatures throughout the week and weekend, with sunny skies for the next four days with a high reaching 29 C Monday.