Two weeks ago, residents of Prince George were shivering in temperatures near minus 15. Now, it’s almost 20 degrees warmer.
At midnight, the airport hit 8 degrees. Beating a 6 degree record from 1990.
UNBC meteorologist Stephen Déry says the regions weather pattern has shifted. This leads to above average temperatures that are expected to last throughout the week.
“We’ve had a really dramatic change in our weather in the past couple days. We were under the influence of arctic high pressure, very cold air. We had temperatures as low as minus 20 if not colder for a period of time. Now we switch over and we’re under the influences of north pacific air masses. Storms essentially lining up from the pacific ocean towards the British Columbia coast. And bringing some really warmer air to our city of prince George and surrounding areas.”
Several winter activities have been hindered by the warmer weather. The Prince George Outdoor Ice Oval opened a few weeks ago for the season. Now it’s closed because of the warm weather. There’s no word on when it will re open.
Most of the snow in the city has melted away. People are no longer needing to bundle up like they were a couple of weeks ago.
Environment Canada’s Doug Lundquist says temperatures are way above normal.
“The average high for this time of year is minus two so we’re nearly ten degrees above average for today and tomorrow with a high of seven pretty close to the same.”
Lundquist says the warm weather can be attributed to the El Nino weather pattern.
“At the end of November it was cold and now much much warmer. This is very typical of an el nino winter.”
Environment Canada’s forecast is calling for cooler temperatures again next weekend. But the mild temperatures are expected for the next few days.