49 temperature records burned to a crisp in B.C.

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The blistering heat in B.C. on Monday broke a sweltering 49 maximum temperature records for April 18, according to estimates by Environment Canada.

In Vancouver, a sizzling new record of 25.3°C was set, shattering the previous highest recorded temperature of 22.2°C, set five decades ago.

The highest record-breaking temperature in the province was in Lytton, where the mercury rose to 30.6°C, almost three degrees higher than the previous record of 27.2°C set in 1934.

In their weather summary, Environment Canada said the baking heat was due to a very strong ridge of high pressure.

The ridge is forecast to remain very strong through Tuesday – when even more records are expected to fall.

Full list of new records

Locations are in alphabetical order.

100 Mile House
New record of 21.1°C
Old record of 20.0°C set in 1983
Records began in 1957

Abbotsford 
New record of 29.0°C
Old record of 25.0°C set in 1962
Records began in 1944

Agassiz
New record of 28.6°C
Old record of 27.2°C set in 1934
Records began in 1889

Blue River 
New record of 24.2°C
Old record of 20.1°C set in 1983
Records began in 1946

Campbell River 
New record of 20.6°C
Old record of 19.4°C set in 1983
Records began in 1958

Castlegar 
New record of 27.1°C
Old record of 26.7°C set in 1962
Records began in 1916

Chetwynd
New record of 26.8°C
Old record of 23.8°C set in 2010
Records began in 1970

Clinton
New record of 21.1°C
Old record of 16.3°C set in 2010
Records began in 1973

Dawson Creek 
New record of 29.5°C
Old record of 23.9°C set in 1926
Records began in 1926

Estevan Point 
New record of 16.3°C
Old record of 15.6°C set in 1934
Records began in 1908

Fort Nelson 
New record of 26.7°C
Old record of 18.7°C set in 1991
Records began in 1937

Fort St. John 
New record of 28.5°C
Old record of 19.1°C set in 2010
Records began in 1910

Hope
New record of 28.2°C
Old record of 26.1°C set in 1962
Records began in 1936

Kamloops
New record of 29.9°C
Old record of 28.9°C set in 1962
Records began in 1890

Kelowna
New record of 26.9°C
Old record of 22.2°C set in 1900
Records began in 1899

Lilloet
New record of 27.9°C
Old record of 25.0°C set in 1962
Records began in 1881

Lytton
New record of 30.6°C
Old record of 27.2°C set in 1934
Records began in 1921

Mackenzie
New record of 21.4°C
Old record of 18.8°C set in 1991
Records began in 1971

Malahat
New record of 24.5°C
Old record of 21.6°C set in 2008
Records began in 1986

Merritt
New record of 28.8°C
Old record of 23.0°C set in 1983
Records began in 1918

Muncho Lake 
New record of 17.9°C
Old record of 16.0°C set in 1991
Records began in 1970

Nakusp
New record of 22.5°C
Old record of 21.7°C set in 1915
Records began in 1912

Nanaimo
New record of 25.1°C
Old record of 21.7°C set in 1934
Records began in 1892

Osoyoos
New record of 27.6°C
Old record of 27.2°C set in 1962
Records began in 1954

Pemberton
New record of 27.5°C
Old record of 26.1°C set in 1915
Records began in 1908

Penticton
New record of 27.3°C
Old record of 26.7°C set in 1962
Records began in 1907

Pitt Meadows 
New record of 29.8°C
Old record of 25.0°C set in 1962
Records began in 1874

Powell River 
New record of 24.5°C
Old record of 21.1°C set in 1962
Records began in 1924

Prince George 
New record of 25.1°C
Old record of 21.1°C set in 1913
Records began in 1912

Princeton 
New record of 28.3°C
Old record of 25.6°C set in 1910
Records began in 1893

Puntzi Mountain 
New record of 25.6°C
Old record of 17.6°C set in 1999
Records began in 1959

Quesnel
New record of 27.1°C
Old record of 23.3°C set in 1897
Records began in 1892

Revelstoke
New record of 24.6°C
Old record of 23.9°C set in 1943
Records began in 1898

Salmon Arm 
New record of 26.4°C
Old record of 26.1°C set in 1962
Records began in 1893

Sandspit
New record of 11.7°C
Old record of 11.6°C set in 1990
Records began in 1945

Sechelt
New record of 24.5°C
Old record of 18.9°C set in 1956
Records began in 1956

Sparwood
New record of 22.2°C
Old record of 20.7°C set in 1999
Records began in 1969

Squamish
New record of 28.1°C
Old record of 23.0°C set in 1994
Records began in 1960

Summerland
New record of 27.3°C
Old record of 26.1°C set in 1962
Records began in 1907

Tatlayoko Lake 
New record of 22.6°C
Old record of 21.1°C set in 1934
Records began in 1930

Tetsa River 
New record of 22.2°C
Old record of 15.0°C set in 1990
Records began in 1982

Tofino
New record of 19.3°C
Old record of 18.9°C set in 1939
Records began in 1896

Vancouver 
New record of 25.3°C
Old record of 22.2°C set in 1962
Records began in 1896

Vernon
New record of 26.4°C
Old record of 24.4°C set in 1962
Records began in 1900

Victoria
New record of 24.3°C
Old record of 19.4°C set in 1934
Records began in 1914

Victoria Harbour
New record of 20.0°C
Old record of 17.8°C set in 1897
Records began in 1874

Whistler
New record of 25.2°C
Old record of 21.1°C set in 1962
Records began in 1950

White Rock 
New record of 23.7°C
Old record of 23.3°C set in 1939
Records began in 1929

Williams Lake 
New record of 22.5°C
Old record of 20.0°C set in 1962
Records began in 1960

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